For Assistant Professor posts in aided colleges

: Members of the Academic Council of Madurai Kamaraj University here on Thursday sought the intervention of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to ensure that Assistant Professor posts, which are being filled in aided colleges, are not "for sale" through touts.

They fear middlemen would fix a ‘price’ for each appointment and collect money from prospective candidates if there is no strict mechanism to monitor the process. The issue was raised by the Principal of Madura College R. Murali through an adjournment motion in the Academic Council meeting.

Calling for a discussion, he urged the Vice-Chancellor Kalyani Mathivanan to ensure transparency in the selection of candidates and that University Grants Commission regulations are followed.

"The Government announced a year ago that 3,100 vacancies will be filled in the State of which 800 would be from the Madurai region. There are rumours that there is a price for each appointment and hence we request you to put in place strict norms for selection of right candidates," Dr. Murali said while moving the resolution.

Another member S. Vivekanandan said the "allegations" of a price tag attached to Assistant Professors post's needed to be looked into by authorities because the recruitment had not commenced even months after the Government’s announcement.

"There is an allegation that some touts are asking money from college managements. When there is delay in recruitment, naturally suspicion arises," he said.

The Vice-Chancellor gave an assurance that rules would be followed while appointing assistant professors.

"I believe that there is transparency to a great extent now. But I have always been saying that change must come from within the academia," she said.

The Vice-Chancellor did not permit further discussion on the subject, saying that the "academic council is not the place to discuss rumours and allegations."