Overseas response for university lecturer posts

Shastry V Mallady

80 applications have been received from countries like Japan and the United States of America

MADURAI: Madurai Kamaraj University is getting a good response outside India for its lecturer posts with more than 80 applications received so far from various countries, including Japan, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Elated MKU authorities say that this is a positive trend since many Indians doing research or working abroad have applied for the vacant posts and are keen to work in the university.

Last month, MKU had invited applications for 103 lecturer posts in different teaching departments.

"Applications have come for all disciplines and for Chemistry, in particular, more response have been received from Japan," Syndicate member P. M. Ajmal Khan, who is coordinating the scrutiny of applications, told The Hindu on Thursday.

Closer home, Taiwan and Singapore also figured in the foreign list and the authorities described that the good overseas response indicated an emerging global profile for the university.

According to Dr. Ajmal Khan, several foreign applicants called up the officials here to confirm whether their bio-data had been received "and this shows that they are truly interested in our institution."

For the university coffers too the response will make at least a little positive difference with each application carrying a fee of US $ 50 and totally fetching nearly Rs. two lakh.

Though the appointment process cannot be taken up for now since the matter is sub judice, the authorities are awaiting a court judgement after which the recruitment process will be started based on the verdict.

Totally, the university has so far received 2,300 applications for lecturer posts that will carry University Grants Commission stipulated pay scales.