Staff Reporter

They have initiated the process of choosing candidates A few institutions are seeking a way out to absorb the teachers who had served them for more than 10 years

TIRUCHI: Accordance of sanction, albeit partially, by the Government to fill teaching posts that have been lying vacant in government-aided arts and science colleges for several years could not have come at a better time.

Faced with the onerous task of conducting the regular courses without any hitch, the institutions in Tiruchi region did justice by appointing faculty by themselves, chosen after a rigid screening process. Several among these candidates, holding M.Phil. and Ph.D. qualifications, have served the institutions for periods ranging between five and 12 years, in lieu of consolidated pay.

Buoyed by the sanctioning of posts, these aided institutions, mostly minority colleges, have initiated the process of advertising the posts and drawing up schedules for conducting the interview to choose candidates for regular vacancies. The question confronting them now is how to do justice to the teachers who had served them for long. There are indications that a few institutions are seeking a way out to do their best to give credit to `station seniority' and absorb the teachers who had served them for more than 10 years for the regular posts.

Their reasoning is that such candidates have remained in their services for long only because of their efficiency. For this reason, they do not discount the possibility of the interview boards being more considerate towards the best among the serving teachers, against the backdrop of the psychological problem they face. Since they have been handling the specialisations in the respective subjects for years, it is only natural for them to have lost touch with the totality of the respective subjects due to the time lapse. Though credit is given to qualification and experience, they see a need to redefine the parameters for rating candidates based on their performance in the interview.

Apparently, the institutions are conscious of the benefits they would reap in the long run by rewarding loyalty justifiably. After all, the institutions cannot afford to ignore the advantages inherent in the lengthy teaching experience of the serving faculty.