OBC team visits UoM to probe recruitment

A six-member team led by Deputy Director (Administration), Backward Classes Welfare Department (BCWD), Sabir Ahmed Mulla visited the University of Mysore (UoM) on Wednesday to scrutinise the recruitment process for various posts followed by the varsity since 1977.

The team, acting upon the complaints that the university, during its earlier recruitments including the one announced on June 24 this year, had neither followed the roster system properly nor filled up the backlog vacancies in accordance with the government’s reservation policy, is examining reserved posts for the backward classes and their recruitments since 1977.

There were also allegations against the university that appointment of teachers under OBC reservation quota were made without certificates being validated. “We have been informed that there is mismanagement and gross violation of norms in the recruitment process. Posts reserved for OBCs are being converted into general category instead of keeping them as reserved backlog. We are examining the recruitment process to see if there are any violations in the process,” one of the officials associated with the team told City Today.

The varsity’s alleged violation of norm in the recruitment process came under the scanner of the BCWD when UoM Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa, despite government’s order against any major policy decisions including recruitment process, issued the notification, announcing recruitment to 208 posts in June this year. 

Interestingly, the state government had, in two letters – dated March 4 and March 26 this year, communicated to the university to stall any further the recruitments. But, Prof Rangappa, without following the directions, issued a notification to fill up the vacant posts of Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors through direct recruitment.

Moreover, it is learnt, the last date for the submission of application which was set on July 23, was extended to July 30. This is against the notice of the Additional Chief Secretary to Govt, Department of Higher Education, dated July 11, 2016 against the filling of “any post by direct recruitments.”

“In all 208 posts, there are only 55 posts reserved for SC/STs. The number, in fact, should have been 87. There are no posts for OBCs and the mention of reserved backlog posts is overlooked. Prof Rangappa has converted posts to facilitate his favourites by violating the norms,” State president, Karnataka Backward Classes Awareness Forum, K S Shivaramu, who was fighting against the violations, alleged.

District Officer, BCWD, Mysuru, G S Somashekar, BCWD Office In-charge, Bengaluru, T B Brahammadevaiah and H D Puttaraju, D Krishnegowda (Mysuru) and Sidappa Daddi (Kolar) were part of the team investigating the issue.

The move of UoM to recruit the faculty was stymied by the state government after complaints against the UoM of violation of the roster and misappropriations in OBC backlog vacancies.

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