Raiganj, Feb. 26: A Group D employee of the Raiganj University College applied for the post of teacher-in-charge of the institution after a notice issued by the current head invited applications from teaching and non-teaching staff for the position.
The application submitted by a sweeper who had studied till Class IV forced teacher-in-charge (TIC) Debasish Biswas to revise the notice and mention that only teachers were eligible to apply for the post.
Teachers said they felt insulted by the incident and Biswas had no power to invite application for the post of the teacher-in-charge.
According to college sources, Biswas issued the first notice on February 21, as he wanted to proceed on leave to undergo treatment for a throat ailment. “Because of health problems, I wanted to be relieved of the charge of the TIC and issued a notice seeking applications from teaching and non-teaching staff for the post,” said Biswas.
Seeing the notice, sweeper Naresh Mahajan, 35, filed an application for the post yesterday, much to the surprise of Biswas, teachers and other group D employees.
“I can only sign and do not have the minimum qualification to work as the TIC. But as I learnt that nothing has been mentioned on qualifications in the notice issued by the TIC, I applied for the post,” Mahajan said today.
“I have been serving as sweeper in the college for the past 12 years and know that the salary of the TIC is quite good. That is why I have applied for the post.”
Ashok Das, the secretary of the Teachers’ Council of the college, said the TIC couldn’t issue such a notice on his own. “The responsibility of appointing a TIC is with the executive council of North Bengal University. Besides, non-teaching employees cannot assume the office of the TIC. By issuing such a notice, Biswas was trying to create confusion and tension in the college. We feel insulted by his action.”
Biswas said the phrase “non-teaching staff’ had been printed in the notice because of a clerical mistake.
“So, I revised the notice saying only teachers are eligible to apply for the post. I had no intention of insulting anybody. I have already sent my resignation as the TIC to the NBU authorities. Most likely, it will be accepted at the advisory committee’s meeting to be held in the varsity in March.”