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Universities Conducting Online Interviews Against MHRD Guidelines

Universities are conducting online interviews for recruiting teaching faculties against the MHRD guidelines. As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, it has advised all the universities not to conduct the online interviews for selections of teachers until proper guidelines are formulated.

The universities of Kozhikode are conducting online interviews for the selection of teachers. As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, it has advised all the universities not to conduct the online interviews for selections of teachers.

It has been reported that the Kannur University has conducted several online interviews for appointing teachers. While shortlisting applications of around 116 teachers are still in process at Calicut University. Also, the Cusat University conducted online interviews for appointing faculty for two of its vacant posts last week.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) in a letter to the Vice-chancellor of the Central University of Rajasthan strictly advised not to conduct any online interviews for the selection of teaching faculty.

Bharat Bhushan Bhagat, deputy secretary of MHRD in a letter dated 29th July stated “Moreover a policy decision on the online recruitment of teaching faculties is yet to be taken in the Ministry. I would, therefore, request you to call off the online recruitment process with immediate effect and cancel the online selection meetings held so far”.

Organizations Against Conducting Online Interviews For Recruiting Teachers

After the issuance of guidelines by MHRD, many organizations in the state of Rajasthan have started raising their voices against the varsities’ actions.

The Save University Campaign wrote a letter to MHRD stating that ‘the online interview conducted by the Kannur University which was conducted through Skype was unprecedented, irregular and contrary to approved time-honored rules for appointment of teaching faculties in the universities’.

R S Sasikumar and M Shajir Khan, chairman, and secretary respectively of the committee conferred “It is understood that the set of rules are set aside or violated to suit video conferencing and Skype interviews are carried out using the pandemic exigency as a shield. However, the appointment of teachers in the university can never be in the exigent priority list in the face of an unprecedented pandemic”.

The dignitaries have demanded necessary action against the vice-chancellor of the Kannur University to cancel the entire online interview held by the university so far. Also to hold back online interviews until proper recruitment guidelines are being generated by the MHRD.

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