Did Kannur University bend rules to speed up appointment process of CM Vijayan’s private secretary’s wife?
Reportedly, the Kannur University in Kerala has allegedly violated rules to “speed up the process of appointment” of the wife of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s private secretary as Associate Professor.
Vijayan’s private secretary – K K Ragesh, is a former Rajya Sabha member. His wife Priya Varghese is alleged to be the beneficiary of “some break-neck developments”.
Priya is reportedly on the list of six candidates called for the interview that is likely to be held soon.
In a letter written by The Save University Campaign Committee to the Kerala Higher Education Minister R Bindhu and Kannur University Vice-Chancellor Gopinath Raveendran, the committee has urged them to check if the UGC rules were violated while shortlisting Priya Varghese’s name for the post.
Meanwhile, Kannur University senate member K R Baiju has also written to the Vice-Chancellor, Raveendran, to ensure that rules are not violated as Priya does not have the required qualifications for the post of Associate Professor.
Priya had joined as an Assistant Professor of Malayalam at the Kerala Varma College in Trissur in 2012.
It is alleged that Priya does not have the qualifications for an Associate Professor which includes Ph.D. and eight years of teaching experience.
They claimed that for three years, she had taken leave for Ph.D., and it cannot be counted as teaching experience.
Besides, they submitted that her experience of two years, when she was student director on deputation at the Kannur University, also cannot be counted as teaching experience. Therefore, taking these factors into consideration, she does not have the eight years prescribed teaching experience that has been prescribed as the qualification for the post of Associate Professor.
However, Priya denies the allegations. She said that she has all the required qualifications, and she is eligible for the post and hence, she has applied.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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