Gujarat University will be finally conducting interviews for recruiting 30 teachers in its science faculty from May 11-17. The process was delayed for about 18 months. The advertisements for the vacancies were issued in November 2013.
These posts had been lying vacant for more than 10 years, which has adversely affected the curriculum. Vice-chancellor M N Patel said that though the applications from the candidates were received by December 4, 2013, the recruitment process was stayed by the state government owing to objections raised by the SC/ST cell of the university.
The SC/ST cell alleged that the university had not followed the roster system in reservation of posts for reserved categories. It took a long time for the university authorities and office-bearers of the SC/ST cell to sort out the matter. The SC/ST cell later withdrew its objections after prolonged discussions on the issue with the senior officials in the state education department only a few weeks ago.
Patel said that the university received a green signal from the state government three weeks ago for going ahead with the interviews. The university, he said, issued interview letters immediately and also informed the candidates through email and SMSes. Patel said he had also begun interviews for non-teaching posts. A total of nine candidates were interviewed on Monday for the post of controller of examination, which was vacant for more than three years.
“But only one candidate was found eligible for the post as per qualification prescribed by the university grants qualification,” said Patel. Others, he said, were lacking in experience required for the job.