Mysore University Registrar alleges large-scale irregularities

Mysore University Registrar alleges large-scale irregularities

The controversy surrounding large-scale irregularities in appointments to the University of Mysore has taken a more serious turn with the Registrar (Evaluation) submitting a note to the Vice-Chancellor recommending annulment of all appointments of lecturers, readers and professors made during 2007 “to redeem the prestige” of the university.

Submitted on January 7 by Registrar A.B. Ibrahim, the note has listed irregularities that include procedural lapses in notifying recruitments, flouting of reservation norms, recruitment of unqualified persons in violation of University Grants Commission (UGC) norms, and misleading the University Syndicate.

Among the more glaring misdeeds the note lists is what the Registrar calls the “farce” of appointing a person to the post of professor, biotechnology, even though his application form did not have a marks card copy attached. He notes that the Board of Appointment “misled” the Syndicate by attaching the prefix “Dr.” to the names of several candidates who did not hold doctoral degrees.

The note goes on to cite the case of a person not only being appointed to the Department of Studies in Physics without possessing any permanent teaching experience, but also being given three promotions within three months in a row to become a professor.This, the note says, is “the first of its kind for any university in the country.”

The note says there were serious lapses in procedures in holding the Syndicate meeting with the agenda being placed after the commencement of the meeting. The norm stipulates that the agenda should be placed at least seven days in advance, and before the starting of the meeting even in “emergency” situations. He recalls in the note that appointment of 67 lecturers in State Women’s University in Bijapur was annulled because agenda was served late.