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'Reverse Degree' No Ground for Rejecting TRB Candidate

School Education and TRB officials directed to give job for petitioner within four weeks

Published: 20th March 2014 08:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th March 2014 08:16 AM   |  A+A-

The Madras High Court has ordered Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) to appoint a candidate who got her post graduate and under graduate degree before clearing her Class XII exam.

Justice S Nagamuthu passed the order after hearing a petition filed by V Kanimozhi, who sought High Court direction to appoint her to the post of Post Graduate Assistant Teacher in Tamil after the TRB rejected her candidature contenting that she had not studied the courses in the right order.

The petitioner, who cleared Class X, initially failed in her Class XII exams. Thereafter, she got BA degree in Tamil under the Open University Scheme of the University of Madras. Thereafter, she joined a B. Ed degree regular course and obtained that degree. Then, she went on to secure an MA degree after doing her regular course in Annamalai University. Thereafter, she passed her class XII (+2) examination to be eligible for appointment under the TRB.

Citing the judgment of a division bench of Madras High Court in J Jospeh Irudayaraj versus Joint Director of School Education, Chennai, the judge said requirements of Government Order 107, dated August 18, 2009 shall stand satisfied if the candidate has studied Class XII after completing the BA degree course.

“In other words, because courses are done in reverse order, it is no matter at all,” he observed.

The judge observed that the petitioner completed three year B Litt from Madras University. “Therefore, on the date on which she applied for appointment, the petitioner had an Under Graduate Degree as well as a Post Graduate Degree in the same subject from the University of Madras,” he said.

“In such circumstances, the rejection of her candidature on the ground that it was obtained in a reverse order is not correct. Hence, the respondents - Director of School Education and chairman of the TRB are directed to pass orders, appointing the petitioner, within a period of four weeks, if all other certificates are in order,” the judge ordered.

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