168 posts of teacher in PG programmes were to be filled

The Visvesvaraya Technological University, on Thursday, postponed seminars/interviews scheduled from Friday for recruitment of teachers for its postgraduate programmes.

VTU Registrar K.E. Prakash issued a press release on Thursday afternoon stating that the seminars/interviews scheduled from May 31 for the recruitment of assistant professors, associate professors and professors at the VTU’s Department of Postgraduate Studies located in Belgaum, Bangalore, Gulbarga and Mysore and also at UBDT College of Engineering, Davangere, had been postponed.

The VTU did not give any reason for the postponement of the interviews. The VTU started conducting interviews at its Jnana Sangama campus on May 23. According to sources, despite directions from the government on May 26 against conducting the interviews, the VTU continued to the process.

Prakash Kesarkar, Under Secretary, Department of Education (Universities), told The Hindu on Thursday that the as per the directions of Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande, the VTU was told not to go ahead with the recruitment process following complaints that Vice-Chancellor H. Maheshappa was in a “hurry” to complete the process as his term is scheduled to end on June 30.

Notifications

The VTU issued two notifications in newspapers on March 16 and March 20 inviting applications for recruitment to 168 posts of teacher in all.

A former official of the VTU said the Department of Higher Education had issued a circular a few years ago saying that no major policy decision should be taken by a university during the last three months of the Vice-Chancellor’s tenure.

On the fate of the candidates who have appeared for the interview so far, Mr. Kesarkar said the government would issue a clarification on the issue.