GUWAHATI, Nov 10 - A few candidates who had appeared in the recently held interview for five posts of teachers in the Mass Communication, Journalism and Media Studies Department of Cotton University, have levelled serious allegations of anomalies against the university authorities. The university, however, has refuted the allegations.
A candidate, who wished anonymity said, “A number of anomalies have been reported in the selection process for the post of assistant and associate professors in this department. There was no systematic process through which the candidates were selected or called for the interview.” Another candidate rued, “I had applied for the post of assistant professor since I had cleared the NET. However, I was surprised not to find my name in the list of shortlisted candidates. The university authorities should have made the criteria for the selection process very clear.”
Reacting to the allegations, Cotton University Vice Chancellor Prof Bhabesh Chandra Goswami said, “We have been carrying out the whole recruitment process as per government regulation. The list of candidates called for the interview was prepared by an expert screening committee by strictly following all rules and regulations.”
The candidates also alleged that while in the advertisement, there was no reference to the age criteria, many candidates were rejected for being “overage”.
The university had issued an advertisement for five teaching posts – professor, associate professor and three assistant professors.
As per the advertisement, the post of professor was unreserved, the post of associate professor was reserved for Other Backward Classes or Minorities, and in case of assistant professor, one post was unreserved, one was reserved for OBC or Minorities, and one was reserved for Scheduled Castes.
According to a legal source, as per government guidelines regarding reservation, the two posts of assistant professors should have been unreserved and one post should have been reserved for OBCs or Minorities.