The Madras High Court has directed the Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) to extend the last date for receiving applications for the post of assistant professors till August 12.
Justice D Hariparanthaman gave the direction, when the counsel for petitioner sought more time in view of the Board issuing various corrigendums on the subject. The Board should issue a notification in this regard, the judge said.
Petitioner A Chandrasekaran (M Phil, PhD), working as a lecturer in Sivanthi Aditanar College, had applied for post of assistant professors in government arts colleges in the State in response to an advertisement issued by the Teachers Recruitment Board on May 28. There were 1,093 vacancies.
Clause 16(1) of the notification stated that the teaching experience would be considered for awarding marks for the subject for which aspirants had applied for.
However, the TRB issued a corrigendum on June 19 modifying clause 16(1). It stated that the teaching experience while doing some degree of PhD would not be considered.
The work experience after getting the required qualification would alone be considered for awarding marks, the corrigendum added.
Aggrieved, Chandrasekaran filed a writ petition. When the matter came up before the judge, additional government pleader P Sanjay Gandhi submitted that the TRB had issued another corrigendum on July 9, withdrawing the earlier June 19 corrigendum.
The judge allowed the writ petition after directing the Teachers Recruitment Board to clarify to the candidates by way of notification in newspapers that during the relevant period, the qualification mentioned at the relevant point of time could be
considered for awarding marks for teaching experience. Now the judge passed further direction.