GOALPARA, Sept 19 – College teachers under the banner of the Goalpara College Teachers’ Association (GCTA), an affiliate of the Assam College Teachers’ Association (ACTA), staged a sit-in demonstration at the Goalpara College campus on Wednesday to express their resentment against the college authorities over the issue of recruitment of teachers to fill up available vacancies.
According to the GCTA, resentment grew among the college teachers as they were overburdened after the introduction of the semester system and their repeated pleas to the college authorities to fill up the vacancies immediately did not yield anything. Confrontation with the college principal started when nothing concrete came out after an ultimatum was issued by the GCTA to the authorities to complete the recruitment process by September 10. The issue was also taken up with the governing body of the college.
While the GCTA is at loggerheads with the college principal on the question of not adhering to a fair and transparent recruitment process, some teachers even asked if the principal has some vested interests as he is acting on his own and delaying the entire process. The GCTA demanded that all faculty heads be included in the interview process.
The GCTA has also expressed the apprehension that some genuine and deserving candidates may not be able to appear for the interview as the college authorities started posting call letters only on September 17 and 18, giving a short notice to appear for the interview on September 21 and 22, although a newspaper advertisement was published a long back, asking for applications from eligible candidates for the vacant posts.
The GCTA has demanded that the interview schedule be changed and adequate time be given to all candidates who should be informed alternatively through e-mail or phone. It has resolved that in case the college authorities do not heed its demands, it will raise the issue before the Commissioner, Higher Education/Directorate of Higher Education.
Meanwhile, Dr Subhas Barman, secretary, GCTA, told this correspondent over phone that the college principal, relenting under pressure, has acceded to the demands of the GCTA and changed the interview date to September 27. He has also given an assurance in writing to follow transparency and involve all the faculty heads in the recruitment process of teachers.