There seems to be no relief for University of Mysore (UoM) Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa who is caught amid controversy over alleged violation of roaster system and not following reservation policy while issuing recruitment notification of Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professors through direct recruitment on June 24.
After the government scuttled the recruitment process which the VC overlooked and went ahead with the process, now the Department of Social Welfare has intervened and directed the varsity to halt the recruitment, citing violation of reservation backlog of SC/ST posts as the reason.
The department in a letter to the varsity has stated that it had found the disparity in numbers of SC/ST backlog posts and did not match the number that the department found after its team went through the recruitment records of SC/ST between January 1984 and July 2007. The team which checked the records in January this year had submitted its report to the department in February, based on which it directed the varsity to rectify the number of backlog posts reserved for SC/ST.
The department had also sought a report from the varsity on the implementation of recommendations on the reserved backlog made by the H Rangavittalachar Commission which the varsity, according to the officials, had failed to submit.
There were allegations against the VC that of 87 actual reserved backlog posts for SC/ST, 32 posts have been converted to general posts through clubbed roaster and the notification was issued on June 24 without rectifying the numbers. There were also allegations that the varsity came up with the ‘clubbed roaster’ to delist 32 posts from SC/ST reserved backlog to favour people on grounds of caste and politics.
“There is a violation of reservation policy in the recent recruitment notification of 205 posts including backlog posts reserved for SC/ST. Hence the recruitment process should be halted until further orders,” the letter from the department reads.
The Social Welfare Department intervened into the issue following a complaint from Mysore District Nayaka Youth Forum which had complained against the recruitment drive to the department on July 11 this year.