GULBARGA: The Hyderabad Karnataka Pradeshada Horatagala Samanvaya Samiti has alleged that Gulbarga University Vice-Chancellor E T Puttaiah passed an order for recruitment of 53 teaching posts without following reservation rules under Article 371(J) of the Constitution.
However, Puttaiah refuted the allegation saying all norms have been followed.
As per the Article, 80 per cent of the posts should be reserved for candidates of Hyderabad Karnataka.
Samiti president Lakshman Dasti told reporters here on Sunday that the Samiti members will stage an indefinite dharna at the university from May 29 till Puttaiah withdraws the order and passes a fresh one to recruit as per the provisions of the article.
Dasti alleged that the V-C, whose term ends in a month, passed the recruitment order illegally and encouraged corruption. As per a government order, a Vice-Chancellor whose term ends in three months cannot pass a recruitment order, he said.
Dasti alleged that Puttaiah did not follow the reservation criteria properly since most of the seats have been allotted to SC/STs, the other categories did not get jobs.
He also alleged that of the 388 vacant teaching and non-teaching posts, the university is filling up only 53 teaching posts.
All Norms Followed, Says V-C
Puttaiah on the other hand refuted the allegations and said no rule was violated in the recruitment drive.
When Express asked him about the 53 recruitments without following the reservation criteria, Puttaiah said that when he took over as V-C in 2010, he found that not many were recruited in the past 25 years.
So, he asked the officials concerned to list out the vacant posts and he wrote to the state government to fill 143 teaching posts and about 200 non-teaching posts.
The Finance Department of the state government, Puttaiah said, informed the Higher Education Department in February 2013 that it would permit the recruitment of only teaching staff, and that too just 53 out of the 143 posts. The university was then informed and the recruitment order was passed.
Puttaiah said that as per the State Universities Act, V-Cs can pass recruitment orders even on the last day of their term.
On allegation of not following the reservation rule, he said each department was allotted only one or two posts and hence local SC or ST candidates were given priority as per the government rules. Local people of other castes will be given priority for the remaining posts, he said.