Govt asks universities to stop ongoing recruitment after amending Odisha Universities Act

BHUBANESWAR: The higher education department has asked universities to stop ongoing recruitment for teaching and non-teaching posts after amendment of Odisha Universities Act, 1989. Now Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) will conduct the teacher recruitment according to the amendment.

Department secretary Saswat Mishra has written letters to vice-chancellors (VCs) of 12 state public universities for compliance of the provisions of the amended act. The state government has published “The Odisha Universities (Amendment) Ordinance 2020” in its official gazette of Odisha on Friday.

“Requisition for filling up of vacant posts of teachers (in all three ranks of assistant professors, associate professors and professors) should be filed with OPSC. Ongoing selection and recruitment process, if currently being done at university level, should be stopped forthwith,” said Mishra in the letter.

As many as 837 teaching posts were lying vacant in 10 state universities out of 1,424 sanctioned posts by February 2020. Only Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, and GM University, Sambalpur, have managed to fill up some of their vacant posts before the lockdown, while others could not even hold the interview because of the pandemic situation and other issues.

Fakir Mohan University has recruited 36 teachers out of the 72 vacant posts. It had filled vacant posts of six departments before the lockdown happens in the country. It was preparing to appoint teachers in the rest four departments.

Similarly, GM University has recruited 86 teachers out of 128 vacant posts. It couldn’t conduct recruitment process for the rest 42 posts because of the pandemic. “According to the amendment act, now these universities cannot hold recruitment for teachers after September 4,” said a department official.

The department said requisition should be filed with the State Selection Board for filling up of vacant non-teaching posts. “Ongoing selection and recruitment process, if currently being done at university level, should be stopped forthwith,” said the department secretary in his letter to university VCs.

Mishra also stated that Syndicate and Academic Council of universities should be reconstituted. “The annual report must be uploaded in the university website, within 30 days of receipt of the Audit Report from the examiner of local accounts, for public view for at least three years from the date of uploading,” said his letter.

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