PUNE: While it seemed the wait for recruitment of college and university faculty had finally ended, the delay in recruitment procedure has left several aspirants disappointed. More than 15 days after the government resolution (GR) on lift of ban on appointment of professors at colleges was passed, the State Finance Department is yet to act on it.
On November 3, the State Higher and Technical Education Department issued a GR notifying colleges and universities that soon they can start recruitment of professors in the higher educational institutions. Around 4,738 vacancies were directed to be filled.
Teaching aspirants have expressed disappointment over the delay in recruitment and said it seems the government had given false hopes to teaching professionals before Diwali festival.
“It is over two weeks from the time of announcement on starting to recruit assistant professors at colleges and universities, but nothing has been executed till now. The State Finance Department has still not approved the paradigm of recruitment procedures. Several aspiring professors were hopeful and expected appointments to begin immediately after the announcement made by the State Education Department, but it seems the government has only tried to give ‘dhilasa’ (relief),” said education activist Sandip Parthikar, who submitted a letter of grievances to the director of higher education (DHE), Pune.
“Moreover, they have only opened recruitment for 40 per cent of vacancies. We demanded they should begin with procedures to fill 100 per cent vacancies,” he added.
PS Lawande, President of Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teacher’s Organisation (MFUCTO) said the recruitment process of the teaching faculty is a long procedure consuming a couple of months and unless the Finance Department initiates the move, the work will be further delayed.
“Once the final approval from the Finance Department is announced, the DHE will issue to joint directors a notice to survey vacancies in colleges, followed by which they will call for applications through Pavitra portal. All these procedures will easily take to two-three months. With no approval from the Finance Department, I don’t see recruitments starting before the end of this year or in fact in the academic year 2018-19. Although possibilities of recruitment are likely for next academic year 2019-20 with this kind of progress,” said Lawande.
However, DHE stated that the committee constituted for appointment of professors consists of a representative from the State Finance Department. “The process of equally distributing the 4,738 vacancies in different colleges has begun. Recruitment process will happen in phases,” said Dhanraj Mane, DHE.