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Communal roster system not followed: Anna University



Anna University has conceded before the Madras High Court Bench here that communal roster system had not been followed properly in the matter of staff recruitment before it became a single cohesive unit in August 2012 by merging Anna Universities of Technology in Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Madurai and Chennai.

Filing a counter affidavit in reply to a writ petition challenging a recruitment notification issued by it on July 11, Registrar S. Ganesan said that there was no uniformity in the communal roster system followed by the five regional AUTs.

Therefore, it now become “practically unviable” for the university to carry forward the roster.

The Registrar said that some of the AUTs had followed a roster by considering all its constituent colleges as a single unit and a few others had treated each constituent college as an independent unit.

He also claimed that a few AUTs had “adopted both types. Further, when AUT-Madurai was carved out of AUT-Tiruchi, a fresh roster was followed by AUT-Madurai.”

Stating that the State government had in 2012 constituted a committee headed by the then Chief Secretary Sheela Balakrishnan to oversee the merger of the five universities, the Registrar said that one of the objectives of the committee was to minimize the hardship to validly appointed teaching and non-teaching staff of the universities as well as their constituent colleges.

“The monitoring committee has observed that no communal roster has been followed in appointments… and no standard of qualification was followed by the universities for non-teaching posts. Further, the original files relating to some of the appointments have not been made available for perusal by the inspection teams deputed by the committee,” the counter affidavit read.

Government order

It also stated that State government had passed an order on February 12 this year directing the university to follow a common 200-point roster system afresh for new recruitments for all its 13 constituent colleges and three regional offices.

The counter affidavit was served on the writ petitioner’s counsel C. Arul Vadivel alias Sekar on Thursday.



Some of the AUTs had followed a roster by considering all its constituent colleges as a single unit and a few others had treated each constituent college as an independent unit



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