Kannur university's rejection of PhD holder's application to associate professor post sparks row 

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Kannur: The double standard of Kannur University came into question after they rejected an application for the post of Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, citing a lack of teaching experience. However, this was in contrast to the varsity's move a few months back to appoint Priya Varghese as associate professor despite her lacking academic experience mandated by UGC. The incident came to light during a senate meeting on Thursday.

The application of Dr Jalastil D Prabhu, a PhD holder, was rejected on the ground that he lacked eight years of academic experience. But the screening committee did not reject the application of Priya Varghese who had no teaching experience required for the post.

On Thursday, UDF members in the senate questioned this decision and said the university should be ready to take action against those appointed illegally.

Priya Varghese's appointment was cleared by the syndicate earlier this year, but it ran into trouble when the second-rank holder approached the high court.

After going through the petition of the second-ranked candidate, the high court ruled that Priya Varghese did not have the qualifications to be considered for the post.

The court took a dig at the screening committee over its lapses in assessing the candidate’s qualifications.

Meantime, the senate meeting revealed that 29.47 per cent of seats are vacant in the undergraduate courses and 52 postgraduate seats are vacant in colleges affiliated with Kannur University. The senate also approved a resolution to appoint a new committee to study the matter.

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