The governor on Friday gave his consent to the West Bengal College Service Commission Bill 2012, which allows a qualified candidate to seek a teaching job in any college in the state, irrespective of the affiliating university.
Currently, qualified candidates — those who have cleared NET and/or SET and/or have completed PhD fulfilling certain criteria — can only apply for teacher posts in colleges under a single university.
For example, a candidate who has chosen to serve in a college under Calcutta University cannot apply for a job in a Burdwan University college.
“The bill seeks to address this limitation. After it is passed, candidates will be able to apply for jobs across university zones,” said state higher education minister Bratya Basu, who along with the department’s principal secretary Satish Tiwary met governor M.K. Narayanan last Monday to seek his nod to the bill.
Colleges in the state are currently segregated under eight university zones — Calcutta, Kalyani, Vidyasagar, Burdwan, Gourbanga, North Bengal, West Bengal State (Barasat) and Sidho Kanho Birsa.
Jadavpur, Besu, Rabindra Bharati and Presidency are unitary universities. The other two state universities are outside the purview of the bill, which is expected to be tabled in the Assembly in the third week of September.
“Now we will come up with a single list of candidates, ranked according to their scores, based on their academic records and performance in the interview,” said Siddhartha Majumdar, the chairman of the college service commission.