Shastry V.Mallady

"At least 300 posts lying vacant in Madurai region"

  • Directorate seeks vacancy position
  • Last recruitment done in 1989

    MADURAI: After taking steps to fill up lecturer posts in aided and government colleges in August, the Government has turned its focus on filling up non-teaching posts, which, according to officials, was last done in 1989.

    The Directorate of Collegiate Education has asked for non-teaching posts vacancy position in all aided colleges. S. Udayabaskaran, Joint Director of Collegiate Education (Madurai Region), told The Hindu here on Thursday that the Government had sought the particulars at the earliest.

    He said at least 300 non-teaching posts were vacant in the Madurai region and the Government's initiative was "a positive step towards addressing the concerns of aided colleges."

    Ban lifted

    Several vacancies arose following retirements and other reasons but they could not be filled up in view of the ban on recruitment that was in force till recently.

    "With the ban now being lifted, the teaching and non-teaching posts came into attention and the Government is making appointments in a phased manner," Dr. Udayabaskaran said.

    The Madurai Region, which got a sanction for 121 lecturer posts in the first phase, covers six districts including Madurai, Virudhunagar, Theni, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram and Dindigul. A total of 600 lecturer posts were sanctioned for the entire State in the first phase and the announcement for second phase was expected soon, he said.

    Colleges apprehensive

    Though the Government took up the recruitment process, colleges were apprehensive whether "anything concrete would materialise."

    The principal of an aided college in Madurai, whose institution has 19 non-teaching post vacancies, said that though all details were submitted to the Directorate of Collegiate Education with regard to lecturer posts months ago, there was no response.

    Early action sought

    "We want early action since it is becoming difficult to manage," the Principal said pointing out that many colleges were "suffering for want of adequate staff."