Norms not followed in teacher appointments at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University: Scheduled Caste Commission

Lucknow: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here.

The commission found that vacancies in the reservation rosters, submitted by BBAU vice chancellor RC Sobti ‘prima facie’, were not in accordance with the prescribed format of the department of personnel and training (DoPT).

In its report, the commission said the vice chancellor could not explain how the posts were de-reserved if Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates had applied for the posts but the selection process was not completed.

“It became apparent that discrepancy arises as the BBAU does not codify the posts as is done in other institutions,” the NCSC report said. When universities advertise vacancies they have to give a code for a particular post.

“Separate rosters were not prepared for each cadre in the format prescribed in the DoPT)… rosters were not closed for each recruitment year,” the commission observed.

The commission summoned Sobti and registrar Sunita Chandra on July 6 to explain allegations of reservation policies not being implemented properly to appoint teachers. There were complaints of irregular recruitment in the university and ‘unfair’ treatment of students, teachers and employees belonging to the SC category.

Chairman NCSC, Prof RS Katheria, had sought explanations from the university authorities for alleged irregularities in appointments and non-implementation of the roster policy on campus.

To look into the anomalies, the commission has formed a three-member committee, headed by RC Durga as chairman and two others, RD Chandrahas and Tarun Khanna. The committee was asked to give its report within a month to the commission.

Sobti was asked to ensure that the committee was given assistance and access to all records. Registrar Sunita Chandra was made convenor, and not member of the committee, to assist in presenting records.

The registrar is the custodian of all records as per statutes. The BBAU was advised to codify all the posts, when advertised in future, for complete transparency.

The commission observed that registrar Sunita Chandra and VC RC Sobti were at cross purposes. It also mentioned that when the registrar had pointed out that rules were ignored in the roster preparation, she was sidelined and her statutory duties allocated to others.

The statutory powers of the registar cannot be exercised by anyone else when the registrar is in station, the commission said. The high court has also restored the registrar’s functioning. The next date of hearing is July 27.

Chairman NCSC, Prof RS Katheria, had sought explanations from the university authorities for the alleged irregularities in appointments and non-implementation of the roster policy on campus.

The NCSC chairman had summoned the university authorities after Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phule, member of parliament (MP) from Bahraich, had complained about irregularities in appointments.

 

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