Teachers recruitment : Instead of hiring candidates for the 536 sanctioned posts,Education department recruits 559 candidates
In the revised list of candidates selected for the posts of teachers in 105 government schools,the Education department has recruited more candidates than the number of posts advertised in the recruitment notification.
To accommodate these candidates,the department has increased the number of posts.
According to the list,23 extra posts have been created without any prior notice eight in medical,seven in non-medical,one in Hindi,one in Punjabi,one in home science,one in physical education,and four posts under junior basic training category.
With this,instead of hiring 536 candidates as mentioned in the recruitment notification,the department has recruited 559 candidates.
Further,the number of posts were increased without calling candidates for interview in the ratio of 1:4 (four candidates per post).
For example,for the seven additional posts in non-medical category,only 15 candidates were called for interview,and for the one additional post in Hindi,only one candidate was called.
Officials of the department said the number of seats were increased only to adjust those candidates,who had made it to the qualifying list based on their percentage,but were left out in the initial list.
Director Public Instruction (Schools) Sunil Bhatia,on the other hand,said no permission was required before increasing the number of posts.
No permission is required from any authority (to increase the number of posts). The Education Secretary is the competent authority and as the recruitment process is conducted under my supervision,even I can take a decision, Bhatia said.
As candidates,who had already joined after the initial merit list was release,were not terminated,to adjust candidates on the basis of their representations,the department had to increase the number of seats, he added.
The DPI (S) said the Education department was still open to representations from any candidate,who had objections to the revised list.
In the revised list,reservation rules were also flouted.
For instance,in the medical category in which the number of posts have been increased from six to 14,the number of OBC seat remains one.
Similarly,in the non-medical category,only posts in the general category were increased from 24 to 31.
The teachers recruitment process ran into controversy ever since a graft case came to light in September 2009. In February 2010,the process again hit the headlines,when the entire selection process was questioned with anomalies reported in the merit list.