Save University Campaign Committee alleges move to flout UGC norms in college principal appointments

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Save University Campaign Committee has accused violation of UGC norms in the recent government order for appointment of principals in government colleges.

The GO, dated January 11, 2023, allows candidates who have applied for the post of principal and not included in the PSC shortlist, to appeal the decision. The activists allege that this is an unprecedented move aimed at political appointments.

There were 110 applicants for the posts and the list prepared by the departmental promotion committee of PSC included 43.

In order to be considered for the principal post, teachers must submit research works published in peer-reviewed journals. The GO states that it has found that a group of journals submitted by the applicants were not peer-reviewed journals. The complainants have to appear before the appeal committee with the original research paper and evidence to prove that they are valid peer-reviewed journals as mandated by the UGC.

Complaints can be filed before January 23, 2023.

The GO

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