Staff Reporter

Kochi: The procedure for appointments in the KSRTC's Sree Chithira Tirunal College of Engineering is not similar to the one followed in the Government engineering colleges, S.K. Mohan, Director of Technical Education, has said.

In an affidavit filed before the Kerala High Court, he said there was no uniform procedure. None of the appointments, whether it be daily wage, contract, regular or deputation, were made by open advertisement during the last two years. Due to lack of publicity, opportunity was denied to the public for an even competition. The Director, however, said that it was understood that qualifications prescribed by the Government/AICTE for the posts were not compromised in any of the cases.

The affidavit was filed in response to a writ petition filed by Sathyavan Kottarakkara. According to him, the appointments made in the college were arbitrary and illegal. There was no staff fixation and consequently there were no posts for appointments. No procedure for selection was followed. Appointments were made without calling for applications and publishing them in the media. This was being done to help certain people having money power and influence. The AICTE norms prescribed that appointments should be made by inviting applications from the public and there should be transparency in the selection process.

The KSRTC Sree Chithira Tirunal College of Engineering (Thiruvananthapuram) Society which manages the college was actually owned by the Government, and the Board of Governors was discharging the work as they like in the matter of appointments.