GUWAHATI: In a move that raises a veritable question mark over the adherence to Government norms by Governing Bodies (GBs) of various colleges of the State, the Higher Education Department has sought relevant details and/or clarifications from principals of 55 colleges over the selection of 98 to-be-appointed Assistant Professors in diverse academic departments.
An official of the Higher Education Department said that certain anomalies were noticed in the selection procedure of these 98 candidates and, therefore, the department has intervened in the matter and issued the notice in question vide a letter dated May 23. There was one shortcoming or the other in the selection procedure of these candidates, the source said.
The details/documents sought from the college principals concerned include non-submission of teaching experience certificates, lack of required signatures in GB resolutions and selection committee reports and non-submission of copies of advertisements.
Other shortcomings include non-submission of Permanent Residence Certificates (PRCs), non-declaration of presence or absence of court cases or RTI queries against the posts and even non-submission of required academic mark sheets/certificates.
In some cases, the Higher Education Department has sought clarification as to whether the selected candidate has any relative who is a member of the selection committee concerned.
Further, in at least one case, clarification has been sought as to whether a re-advertisement was issued for a post since only one candidate had applied in response to the initial advertisement, the source said. Further, in some cases, the required Economically Weaker Section (EWS), age proof or Person with Disability (PwD) certificates have not been submitted as per norms.