Kakinada: Controversy erupted in the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK) in finalising roster points for filling up the posts of associate professor posts. Roster points are crucial in career advancement scheme, as per University Grants Commission guidelines.
There is a confusion regarding two government orders while recruiting vacant positions, G.O. No.117 (1983) and G.O. 65. This matter assumes significance as the percentage of reservation varies in both G.Os. As per G.O. 117, persons from Scheduled Tribes are allocated 7.5 per cent, while the same community is given only six per cent in G.O. 65.
Many teaching and non-teaching staff members cry foul over the issue, as JNTUK administration intends to follow G.O. 65. Some teaching faculty opined that the G.O. 65 is not meant for recruitment, as per UGC guidelines and have pointed that the Acharya Nagarjuna University followed G.O. 117 last year. “Even the AP State Tribal Welfare Department follows G.O. 117 in recruitment process giving eight per cent reservation to STs,” a member of SC/ST Teachers' Association said.
However, the University administration said that they have appointed a five-member committee in finalising the percentage of reservation and they are only following the instructions proposed by the committee.
However, sources said that the state government has given oral instructions to the Universities to follow G.O. NO.65. Some of the members of SC, ST Association of JNTUK wants to move the AP SC, ST Commission on the issue.
Vice-Chancellor, V.S.S. Kumar said that a new committee has been appointed to finalise the roster points for filling up of the vacancy posts....