College recruiting council gears up to root out corruption and nepotism

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The state government is preparing guidelines for the establishment of the Joint Recruitment Council to fill the 1,892 vacancies it plans to fill in 11 universities after Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced that recruitments for teaching and non-teaching positions will be through the board alone.

With this announcement, the CM had also ruled out entrusting the selection work to the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC), which had been considered earlier. It also means that individual universities will not be given responsibility for recruitment after the practice sparked allegations of corruption and undue delay due to legal issues.

A senior official revealed to The Hindu On condition of anonymity, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar will finalize the constitution of the Centralized Recruitment Board and its guidelines, as directed by the Cabinet.

Officials said the government had obtained details of 1,892 vacancies at 11 conventional universities in Telangana. The number is likely to increase further with the government also appealing to Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Konda Lakshman Bapuji University of Horticulture, Kaloji University of Health Sciences Narayana Rao and PV Narasimha Rao Veterinary University.

Ensure transparency

The new recruitment process will ensure transparency with the selection test which will be made mandatory for elimination before the selection of candidates for interviews. “This will undo the manipulation and political influence seen in past recruitments which were based solely on interviews. Only the deserving among all sections will have a fair opportunity and there is no need to approach intermediaries to exert influence,” said TSCHE President R. Limbadri.

The model has also been successful in Bihar and a few other states. A committee previously set up by the government to study the process submitted its recommendation almost two years ago.

The reasons given for the adoption of the new method were that the individual recruitment process by universities caused delays, with the same candidate entering several universities and choosing the best option, thus creating new vacancies. For example, a few applicants who first entered Telangana University Nizamabad left later for better opportunities at Osmania University. “So far, these vacancies are not being filled, which defeats the purpose of the recruitments.”

Officials are also ensuring that universities do not lose their autonomy with the constitution of the new council. They suggested that the screening test should carry 65% ​​of the total weighting while giving 35% of the weighting to research publications and other academic experiences. Of the 35%, about 10% should be reserved for the maintenance itself to deny any influence of it on the final result. “Only those with good credentials can get the interview call and it will also reduce legal issues with little opportunity for candidates to go to court for bribery or nepotism,” said the former TSCHE chairman, T. Papi Reddy.

Will the government move forward with these suggestions or come up with a few more additions or deletions once the board is complete? But the new process will surely fill the current gaps.

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