| Raj Bhavan. Telegraph picture |
The fresh session has started in most universities but the state government’s promise to appoint teachers before the new academic year has fallen flat because Raj Bhavan has not yet cleared the statute under which they would be recruited.
A source said a three-member committee constituted by Raj Bhavan for recommendations has not favoured the proposal in the statute to give the entire power of recruiting teachers to the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC). The panel wants the role of the commission to be that of a facilitator and its power should be limited to issuing advertisement and preparing the final merit list among others.
According to sources in the education department, the statute empowered BPSC to select the interview panel members. But the three-member committee, which has recommended some changes in the statute, wants Raj Bhavan and the universities to have the power of selecting the panel members who will interview the candidates.
The state government had planned to recruit around 3,500 teachers in nine universities before the new academic session. BPSC was supposed to make the appointments in the varsities based on the amendments in Bihar State Universities Act and Patna Universities Act but it is yet to issue advertisement for recruitment of teachers.
According to the state government statute, the interview would carry 15 marks. But the three-member Raj Bhavan panel comprising the Patna University vice-chancellor (VC), Y.C. Simadri, Magadh University VC Mohammed Istiyak and Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University (Muzaffarpur) VC Pandit Prabhakar Pandey has favoured 25 marks for the interview. The three-member committee has submitted its recommendations to Raj Bhavan.
The state government has been planning to conduct teachers’ recruitment at universities for the past seven months. The exercise would be taken up after 11 years.
A senior education department official said on the condition of anonymity: “The new statute for teachers’ recruitment is pending. Once the chancellor’s office approves it, it would be sent to BPSC and an advertisement would be issued for recruiting teachers.”
The education department official said even if the chancellor’s office approved the new statute within a week, it would take at least three-four months to complete the recruitment process. After issuing advertisements, the commission would invite applications and shortlist candidates for interview.
A section of the students is worried over the delay in the recruitment of teachers. Anurag Kumar, a commerce student at Vanijya Mahavidyalaya, said: “We were hopeful that we shall get permanent teachers this year at least. But it seems we shall have to make do with classes of research scholars and outside faculty again.”