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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
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UoP online for teachers approval
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The University of Pune (UoP) has introduced an online system to constitute selection committees for approving teachers appointed by affiliated colleges. The move assumes significance in the wake of the recently held senate meeting where members aired their resentment over inordinate delays in okaying such selection committees.

UoP online for teachers approval

Officiating vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande had then told the senate that the varsity was shifting to an online process to cut delays and have a more transparent system in place. The Maharashtra University (MU) Act of 1994 provides that a teacher's appointment be approved by a selection panel comprising a VC's nominee, an expert, the college principal and the college management head. The colleges are required to seek the selection panel from the varsity. However, the grant of such committees is often delayed for various issues. As a senior varsity academician pointed out, Deans of various faculties earlier had a role in constituting selection panels, but their right was taken away during R. K. Shevgaonkar's tenure as the VC. A lot of time is wasted on selecting members of the panels.

The delays are also a cause for the colleges to resort to ad-hocism like hiring teachers on clock hour basis, temporary appointments etc. The exam work is affected because non-approved teachers can not be involved in exam-related processes, said senate member Milind Wagh. The universities approval to teaching staff is also linked to the eligibility of students from an affiliated college to appear in the exams. Colleges without approved teachers/principals cannot be designated exam centres of the university. Two weeks prior to the recent senate meeting, Gajanan Ekbote, chairman of Progressive Education Society, who is also a senior senate member, had written to the UoP VC highlighting the problems faced by affiliated colleges on account of these delays.

More than 400 applications by different colleges seeking the selection committees were pending before the UoP's board of college and university development (BCUD) office since September, 2011, Ekbote told TOI. The casual approach in the grant of these committees was evident from the oft-repeated replies we would get from the varsity authorities that our application is under consideration, he said. Ekbote pointed out that several colleges had issued advertisements in leading news dailies inviting candidates to apply for teaching posts but, the process would not go any further in absence of the varsity's selection panel. This has cost the colleges dearly in terms of money, he added.

The BCUD office had to hurriedly clear most of these selection committees before the senate meeting to avoid a greater embarassment. However, the senate member’s resentment over the delays was taken note off in the form of Chahande's assurance. Director of UoP's BCUD office Wasudev Gade told TOI on Thursday 30th March, 2012, We have now started with the online selection committee notification system, which won't take more than a week's time, from the day of application, for the grant of these committees. Gade said, The colleges will have to get the workload and roster examined from the BCUD office's reservation cell before starting with the online application process by accessing the BCUD online section in the university's official website.

Courtesy: Times of India

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