NU seeks 3 times more teachers than norm

Nagpur: The Nagpur University (NU) has advertised 92 assistant professor posts on contract basis which are nearly three times more than the rules permit. Not only this, the varsity is also violating the norms for fixing their salaries.
As per June 2010 UGC Regulation appended with NU’s guidelines, number of appointments on contract basis should not exceed more than 10% of the total number of faculty positions in a college/university. The fixed emoluments paid to such contract teachers should not be less than the monthly gross salary of a regularly appointed assistant professor.

Last month, the NU had advertised the posts and invited applications for recruitment on contract basis at its PG departments and conducted colleges having 334 sanctioned positions on a consolidated pay of Rs24,000.

According to NU data, 149 teaching positions are lying vacant for a long time. Going by this, the NU should have advertised only 34 posts.

The NU had been unable to fill up the vacancies as the state government had banned regular appointments and decided to appoint teachers on contract basis.

Another concern regarding the contractual appointments is that there is no mention about it in the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016.

Anil Dhage, former secretary of Nagpur Universities Teachers Association (NUTA), said while the university is going against its rules, the Act too is silent on contract recruitments.

“The state government has approved the UGC norms through GR dated February 15, 2011. After this, those were incorporated in Direction 4 of 2012. In the GR regarding recruitment and promotions, one para talks about contract system and that the salary can’t be less than the gross salary of a regular employee,” he said. The direction has not been repealed yet and consistent with the Act, he added.

Dhage, who has submitted his concerns on this issue to the vice-chancellor, said the as per rules contractual appointments are meant for extraordinary circumstances.

“If the student-teacher ratio doesn’t satisfy the laid down norms, only then the university can go for such measure. The number of such appointments should not replace regular appointments. It can’t exceed 10% of all appointments,” he said.

Dhage said ad hoc teachers can’t be way of the world. “As a matter of fact, NU should pursue the government to allow them to appoint regular teachers. UGC has recently mandated that quality must be maintained in terms of teachers’ appointment,” he said.

Vice-chancellor SP Kane didn’t answer to TOI’s calls and messages.

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