University appointments not 'child's play', says HC on Priya Varghese appointment row


Priya Varghese | Photo: Facebook

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday said there is 'lack of clarity' over an affidavit filed by Kannur University claiming that Priya Varghese, wife of CPM leader KK Ragesh, has sufficient qualifications to be appointed as an associate professor.

The high court remarked that appointments are not "child's play" and enquired whether the university had examined whether Priya had the necessary qualifications when selecting her.

Kannur University registrar submitted the affidavit after the University Grants Commission (UGC) told the court stating that Priya Varghese is ineligible for the post. After examing the affidavit, the court slammed Kannur University for "lack of clarity" and pointed out errors. Court asked how the university evaluated Priya Varghese's credentials to claim she was qualified.

Earlier, Joseph Zachariah, who obtained the second rank in the interview conducted by Kannur University for the post of associate professor in Malayalam, approached the court requesting to scrap the selection of Priya Varghese and revise the rank list. He alleged that Priya Varghese had no teaching experience of 8 years, which is mandatory to apply for the post. Later, the Kerala High Court froze the selection of Priya Varghese.

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