Inquiry reveals Malpractices in Medical College Recruitment
Some enlightening facts have come to light from the inquiry conducted by the State Government into the allegations of large-scale irregularities in the recruitment of non-teaching staff in the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS) and the Mysore Medical College.
It turns out that as against the sanctioned 26 posts of non-teaching staff in Mysore Medical College, candidates were called for interview to 76 posts.
Similarly, in HIMS, only ten posts for Gowda community who come under the BC (A) category were to be filled, yet 100 candidates of the same community were selected under the General Merit (GM) category.
While 291 employees were recruited in HIMS, 86 were given appointment letters in Mysore Medical College.
While the State Government, including Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyruppa, have maintained that there were irregularities, Mr. Ramachandra Gowda, who resigned as Minister for Medical Education on Sunday, has categorically denied any illegality and said all the appointments were carried out according to the rules.
According to highly placed sources, the entire recruitment process appears to be vitiated.
Sources said that of the 291 posts sought to be filled up in HIMS, more than 60 per cent of the candidates (over 170) were from Hassan district alone.
Besides, as per reservation norms, backward class BC (A) category should have got only ten seats, but more than hundred were pushed through under the GM quota.
While this may not be illegal, it is highly irregular and it directly affects the chances of other GM candidates.
The selection committee of HIMS conducted interviews from 10th May, 2010 to 25th May, 2010, but the results were not published the same day or the day before the next interview commenced.
As per the new rules of recruitment, the results of interviews have to be published the same day to ensure transparency.
The sources said an examination of the records of the interviewed candidates has revealed that some of them got extremely high marks in viva voce.
The roster and reservation system, the sources said, were not fully followed and this led to candidates with low marks and from one place gaining undue and unfair advantage over other candidates.
Mr. Gowda, however, has denied any illegality in the recruitment. In his affidavit filed before the High Court, he said norms relating to roster and reservation were followed. Concurrence of the Financial Department was obtained before calling for applications.