Youth Congress stages protest over bid to appoint wife of CM's private secretary to Kannur varsity

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Kannur: Youth Congress activists have staged a protest on Thursday over the alleged move to illegally appoint Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's Private Secretary KK Ragesh's wife Priya Varghese in Kannur university.

The protest was held in front of the University Vice-Chancellor Dr Gopinath Ravindran's house in Kannur. Youth Congress alleged that an illegal move is being made to appoint Priya Varghese in the post of Associate Professor at Malayalam Department of Kannur University. It is alleged that the university violated the rules as Priya does not have the required qualifications for the post of Associate Professor.

The protest was staged on the day the university decided to conduct the online interview for this post. Priya Varghese is shortlisted second in the preliminary rank list despite her not having the required qualifications. Eight years of teaching experience is required to become an Associate Professor. But the Save University Forum alleges that Priya Varghese has only four years of academic experience.

It is pointed out that the period of completing research as part of faculty development programme and government allotted deputation period in Kannur university should not be considered as teaching experience for the post.

Meanwhile, Police have arrested five people, including Youth Congress Kannur district president Sudeep James in relation to the protest.

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