NIT-Calicut Without Registrar Since Inception
Published: 20th February 2014 10:22 AM |
The National Institute of Technology Calicut (NIT-C), which is in the eye of a storm following the accidental death of a second year BTech student recently, has been functioning without a full-time registrar since its inception in 2002.
This is at a time when the NIT-C authorities have spent a whopping `32 lakh on conducting four interviews to fill the post of registrar, twice in 2009 and one each in 2010 and 2012.
As per information sourced by Express, `5,02,879 was incurred towards travel and dearness allowances, while close to `27 lakh was spent on advertisements inviting candidates.
On January 15, 2014, NIT-C had again issued a notification inviting applications for the post of registrar on a deputation basis, the last date for which is February 20.
However, according to Professor R Vijayakumar, Registrar-in-charge, NIT-C has not received any application for the post in response to the latest notification till date.
In total, 24 candidates had attended the previous four interviews. But the selection committee did not pick anyone citing lack of competency to hold the top post. Quite surprisingly, the candidates included the then registrars from the Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute For Medical Science and Technology in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala University, Kannur University and Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore.
Meanwhile, rumours are rife on the campus that strong political pressure and recommendations from higher-ups for various candidates had forced the NIT-C authorities to put off the appointment each time. “Besides qualification, a lot of politics is involved in these appointments.
When there is a friction between political powers over selecting a candidate, the higher authorities in the institute tend to put off the matter for the time-being instead of acting within their powers. This was exactly what happened in the last four attempts when NIT-C tried to appoint a registrar,’’ said a source.
Owing to the delay in appointment, the practice of giving the charge of registrar to a senior professor of NIT-C has been going on for years.