The hopes of applicants who had applied for teachers’ posts at Rajasthan University (RU) and were called for interview on Sunday were shattered as the varsity postponed the interviews.
The interviews had to be postponed following a ‘clash’ between the nominees of governor and state government and the vice-chancellor of the university.
On Sunday, three members of the selection committee, professor BM Sharma (governor’s nominee in the committee) and PC Vyas and Satish Rai (both nominees of state government) boycotted the interview process.
Ironically, the interviews for teachers’ posts were being held at RU after 21 years.
The drama started in the morning when candidates had started arriving at the venue in Poddar Management Institute. However, the interviews could not be done as the three members boycotted the process alleging that they had been called through telephone only and that no official letter was given to them. They were also demanding the university to include the candidates who had done their PhD under previous rules. They reportedly questioned V-C Dev Swarup for implementing new rules of 2009.
However, Swarup reportedly countered them saying that it was the decision of the university’s syndicate, of which governor’s nominee BM Sharma is also a part. All three members then walked out of the venue.
Thereafter, the vice-chancellor declared that the interviews were being postponed, leaving dozens of aspirants disappointed.
Later the vice-chancellor told dna that interviews were postponed “because of ‘lack’ of members of the committee”.
Satish Rai, a member of selection committee and government’s nominee, said, “It’s the matter related to future of youths. The UGC has given universities a liberty to apply the new rule. We were demanding documents from the university regarding this but there was no response from anybody, therefore we left.”