COIMBATORE: The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has ordered an interim stay on the appointment of an assistant professor in Physical Education department at Bharathiar University, while hearing a petition challenging the university’s recruitment process.
The judge also ordered a notice to the Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the University returnable by October 7.
The petitioner, R Mayildevi from Vedasandur in Dindigul, prayed for a stay on all further proceedings, including appointment and disbursal of salary to any candidate other than her. This was with respect to the university notification dated July 16 for the post of assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education in the vacancy notified for Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyar) woman in the university.
Petitioner’s counsel A Rajini argued that her client Mayildevi submitted an application for the assistant professor post, pursuant to the university notification on July 16.
The petitioner was called for interview along with others and she produced no objection certificate (NOC) obtained from her present employer.
However, the university officials maintained that she did not produce the NOC.
The counsel also said, the petitioner’s candidature was liable to be rejected on the ground that she had not produced no objection certificate from the present employer.
“The issue raised by the petitioner requires to be considered after the appearance of the respondent (Bharathiar University). There shall be an order of interim stay of all further proceeding, pursuant to the impugned notification of July 16 in the meantime,” Justice KK Sasidharan said in his order.
Earlier, the girl had alleged that though she was the sole candidate under the SCA category and had all the required qualifications, another Scheduled Caste candidate was given the job.
She had written to the Governor-Chancellor regarding the issue. She also alleged that after the interview, she was forced to submit in writing that she did not have the required qualification and had not attended the interview.