Appointment of professors: Calicut university triggers fresh controversy

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Thenhipalam: Severe allegations are being raised against the University of Calicut for violating UGC guidelines and court orders in the appointments of associate professor and professor posts. Syndicate member Dr P Rasheed Ahammed submitted a petition to the governor seeking to forbid the ongoing appointments in the university as per the revamped guidelines.

The university has changed its criteria of the index mark calculated according to the research and related eligibilities (project, conference paper, thesis production) after receiving the applications. The petition pointed out that revision of eligibility criteria after a year of receiving applications for the posts has forsaken the court orders and the UGC guidelines of 2018.

It is also noted that the applicants were not informed about the recent change in eligibility criteria. The petitioner also alleged that the new alterations were introduced to secure appointments to kins of the officials. However, the university registrar rebuked the allegations and opined that the complaint filed at the governor’s office is misleading.

Applications were invited for the vacancies of 29 associate professors and 24 professors in the university.

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