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Portal for varsity teaching jobs

New Delhi, Dec. 2: Higher education regulator UGC has launched a job portal claiming it will be a common platform for aspiring teachers and faculty-hunting universities, but vice-chancellors are unimpressed.

Acting UGC chairperson Ved Prakash has written to all vice-chancellors to advertise vacancies on http://www.ugc.ac.in/jobportal and advise qualified students to put their academic profiles on the portal.

But vice-chancellors doubt how much the portal can help since direct recruitment is ruled out thanks to the host of rules universities have to follow in selection. Some of the rules, ironically, have been laid down by the UGC itself.

To fill a teaching post in any discipline, a university must form a selection panel made up by at least three experts on the subject and a nominee chosen by the Visitor or chancellor. So says the UGC.

The universities’ own statutes say any vacancy must be advertised in newspapers to enable the highest possible number of candidates to learn about it and apply.

“The UGC’s step is a welcome move. We can put out our job vacancies on the portal to enable more eligible students to know about it. But we cannot skip the existing rules and directly pick candidates registered on the portal,” Central University of Bihar VC Janak Pandey said.

Central University of Kashmir vice-chancellor Abdul Wahid said: “If a university directly picks a student from the portal and calls him to an interview, it would violate the existing norms. Every job seeker has to apply.”

Still, the portal provides the institutions with a wider pool of talent from which they can nudge select candidates to apply. UGC sources said 17,088 candidates have registered on the portal and 15 jobs been advertised in the past two months by the universities, which face 30-40 per cent teacher vacancy.