The University of Kannur has allegedly flouted rank list for appointment to the post of assistant professor on contract basis in the Department of Pedagogical Sciences to favour the wife of Thalassery MLA A.N. Shamseer.
M.P. Bindu, who had applied for the post of assistant professor of Science Education on contract basis in the department, alleged that the MLA’s wife, who had also applied for the same post, was appointed on the ground that it was a reservation seat based on caste rotation.
The university authorities, however, denied that there were irregularities in the appointment to the post. Dr. Bindu said that though she had higher rank, after the interview she had been told that the vacancy was a reservation seat for OEC category which in the absence of a candidate from the OEC category would go the SC/ST community, and, in the absence of a candidate from the latter community, would be given to the OBC Muslim candidate.
To move court
She said that she would question the appointment in court as till date there was no caste rotation for appointments in contract post in the departments of the university.
She also said that the notification issued by the university stressed postgraduate teaching experience which she had. She also said that there had been no subject expert in the interview panel for Science Education vacancy.
Denying the allegation, the university stated in a press release that the appointment in the department was made lawfully. As the last appointment in the department was from the general category, the latest appointment came under the reservation category. As there was no candidate from the ETB (Ezhava, Thiyya, Billava) community or the SC community, the post went to the candidate from the Muslim community, it said adding that the appointment was only on temporary basis.