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Teachers allege violation of UGC norms in Odisha universities appointment

Members of the Federation of Odisha University Teachers Associations
(FOUTA) have alleged violation of University Grants Commission (UGC) norms in
the ongoing appointment of faculty members to Government-run universities.

Recently, as per direction of the Higher Education
Department, the seven Government universities had advertised for filling up of
the vacant teacher positions. The universities should abide by UGC Guidelines,
2010, for making the appointments. The federation members alleged that the
advertisements do not speak about the new norms according to which, university
teachers need to be re-designated as assistant professor and associate
professor in place of lecturer and reader respectively.

The advertisements made by Utkal University, Berhampur
University, Sambalpur University, Fakir Mohan University, North Odisha
University mention recruitment of lecturers and readers against the vacant
positions. The federation members alleged that if the new recruits are not re-designated,
they would lose out on various service benefits being provided by the UGC, the
highest monitoring authority of higher education institutions in the country.

The UGC had asked the State Government to incorporate the
changes in appointment norms in the Odisha Universities First Statute 1990 and
the Odisha Universities Act,1989, through amendments with the concurrence of
Governor, who is the Chancellor of Universities. This, however, has not been
done till date. The last amendment made to the Statute and the Act by Odisha
Government was in 2002.

Santosh Tripathy, a member of the Utkal University Teachers’
Association (UUTA), said the Higher Education Department cannot go ahead with
appointment of faculty members to the universities without re-designating the
posts.

Members of the federation, which comprises faculty members
of Utkal University, Berhampur University, Sambalpur University, Fakir Mohan
University, North Odisha University, Ravenshaw University, BPUT and OUAT, have
threatened agitation if the department does not look into the anomalies,
reported New Indian Express.

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