Candidates with MA in English and Hindi can apply for teaching posts

The Folklore University’s move to consider postgraduates in English and Hindi on a par with those who have studied folklore to fill posts in the university has not gone down well with folklore students and many folklore experts. They have objected to the university’s stand and want amendments to the notification issued inviting applications for teaching posts.

The university, located in Haveri, is the first Folklore University in the country. It issued the recruitment notification on June 6, 2013, for 21 teaching posts in eight departments.

For the posts in the Department of Studies in Folkloristics, candidates with PG in Folklore or Anthropology or Sociology or Kannada or English or Hindi can apply. Similarly, for posts in Folk Literature Department, those with a postgraduate degree in Kannada or English or Hindi, folklore, can apply.

Folklore students, who have very few job opportunities, were eagerly waiting for the recruitment process in the university hoping that it would offer them teaching posts. Now they are disappointed as they have to compete with many others who have not studied folklore, but have opportunities to apply in other universities.

H.S. Ramachandre Gowda, a folklore expert, speaking to The Hindu over phone, took objection to the university’s notification. “If the university is recruiting candidates who have studied subjects other than folklore, where was the need for an exclusive university for folklore?” he asked.

The main objective of the university was to collect traditional knowledge and preserve it for future generations.

The university had neglected the objective. “The recruitment should have been done in two folds. Those who studied folklore at the PG level should be recruited for departments which deal with folk arts, culture and literature. For related studies, the university may appoint those who have studied Anthropology or Sociology,” he said.

He criticised the inclusion of MA in English or Hindi as a criteria for recruitments. “It seems they want to help particular candidates by including languages such as Hindi. The university should have given attention to those who worked in languages in Kodava, Tulu, Konkani and tribal languages rather than English and Hindi,” he said.

Go.Ru. Channabasappa, the former chairperson of the Karnataka Janapada Academy and the key person behind setting up the university in the State, said that those who studied folklore should be given preference in recruitment for posts which deal with folk arts, folk literature and culture.

“However, researches in folklore require knowledge of subjects such as Anthropology or Sociology. For specific studies recruiting those with background in Anthropology or Sociology is welcome. But those who have studied English or Hindi should not benefit from the recruitment process,” he said.

The university has, however, defended its decision saying that studies in folklore require experts from different fields and languages. “Folklore is an inter-disciplinary subject. Its roots lie in Anthropology and many theories of folklore are drawn for studies in Sociology,” said C.S. Somashekhar, Registrar of the university.

He also defended the decision to invite applications from postgraduates in English and Hindi saying that folk literature was available in many languages other than Kannada. The Registrar maintained that those criticising the university’s decision lack understanding of folklore.

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