KU Relaxes Eligibility Norms for Lecturer’s Appointment
In an unprecedented move which may set a bad precedent, the Academic Council of Kerala University has decided to equate its MSc Biochemistry course with the MSc Medical Biochemistry course of Mahatma Gandhi University as a special case to approve the appointment of a lecturer of an affiliated college.
The lecturer was appointed in 2010 but his appointment was not approved by the University as he did not have the mandatory masters degree in Biochemistry but an MSc degree in Medical Biochemistry from MG University. Kerala University has not equated both these degrees.
According to sources, his eligibility as lecturer for Biochemistry was twice rejected by the Board of Studies when the matter was brought before its consideration.The argument was that the focus and applications of both courses widely varied.
While Medical Biochemistry mostly has a practical application in clinical scenario, Biochemistry is mostly academic and research-based.
Sources said that the Academic Council was sharply divided when the issue was presented before it the other day.
A section within the Council argued that declaring the lecturer eligible would set a bad precedent.
It was pointed out that when lecturer vacancies arose in Kerala University’s Biochemistry Department, the applications of candidates who had done MSc Medical Biochemistry were summarily rejected.
The reason cited was that both the courses were not considered equal by Kerala University.
Meanwhile, another section argued that the lecturer was working without salary for over four years and hence his case should be considered on “humanitarian grounds”.
The matter was put to vote. While 59 members backed the lecturer’s appointment, 25 voted against it and one vote was invalid.
“This decision has sent out a wrong message as many people who had done unrecognised allied courses will stake claim to lecturer posts Also, the applicants for Biochemistry lecturer’s posts in the University, whose applications were rejected on such grounds, may approach the court,” a member of the Academic Council said.
Vice-Chancellor P K Radhakrishnan said that there was nothing unusual to go for voting in case of academic disputes.
“The reason cited by a section of the Academic Council was that Mahatma Gandhi University had already equated both these courses offered by it,” he said.