Cannot consider deputation in NSS as teaching experience, HC tells Priya Varghese

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Kochi: Kerala High Court on Wednesday opined that the deputation of Priya Varghese, the associate professor-elect of Kannur Univeristy, as student director of National Service Scheme cannot be considered as teaching experience. Priya had claimed that the said period would amount to teaching experience in her application for the post.

The university, accepting her claim, invited her for an interview, which she topped. Joseph Zachariah, a second-place holder, challenged the decision in court.

On Tuesday, the high court had remarked that appointments are not "child's play" and enquired whether Kannur University had examined if Priya had the necessary qualifications to be selected as an associate professor.

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The UGC had told the court that Priya does not have sufficient experience.

Meanwhile, Priya Varghese claimed that she has the necessary qualification to be appointed as an associate professor. According to the affidavit submitted earlier in court, the Kannur university registrar also mentioned that deputation can be regarded as teaching experience.

Zachariah alleged that Priya Varghese had no teaching experience of 8 years, which is mandatory to apply for the post. Later, the bench of Justice Devan Ramachandran froze the selection of Priya Varghese.

Priya is the wife of CPM leader KK Ragesh who is a former MP and private secretary to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

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