Common System mooted for University Staff Recruitment

Common System mooted for University Staff Recruitment

The government is considering a proposal to bring recruitment of university staff under a common system, according to Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy.

Just as the Teachers Recruitment Board co-ordinates hiring for colleges, a body on the lines of a University staff selection commission could do the job for both teaching and non-teaching staff at the State’s universities.

The proposal was on the discussion agenda at Tuesday’s meeting of Vice-Chancellors along with officials from the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education and the Higher Education Department.

After the meeting, Higher Education Secretary K. Ganesan elaborated on the rationale behind what he cautioned was a “preliminary stage” proposal to co-ordinate university recruitment.

“Selection procedures vary from university to university. We have also received complaints that several universities are not strictly following the communal rotation system,” he said.

The government hopes that a common recruitment system would bring in greater transparency, he added.

One Vice-Chancellor at the meeting said it would save candidates the trouble of answering advertisements for each university separately and then crisscrossing the State to attend interviews.

It would also let them select their preferred place of work at a common counselling session.

However, another academic cautioned that the proposal would dilute the autonomy of various universities and their ability to recruit faculty who suit their needs.

Each University establishment Act would need to be amended to implement the proposal, since these Acts currently stipulate recruitment through university advertisements, interviews and Syndicate approvals.

University Grants Commission permission may also be needed. One Vice-Chancellor said that if the plan is approved, the second phase may be to create an umbrella body for recruitment of teachers in government and aided colleges as well as the universities.

Meanwhile, Anna University-Coimbatore is planning its own system to co-ordinate hiring for all its affiliated colleges.

Vice-Chancellor R. Radhakrishnan said the university’s inspectors would benchmark and categorise existing faculty at all affiliated colleges, and work out the over all vacancy situation over the next month.

From the next academic year, it plans joint recruitment in order to iron out the deficiencies in the system.