Fwd: violation of the Recruitment Rules (RR) for Faculty position by VNIT – Reg
10:52 AM (4 hours ago)
to Sudalai, Balasubramanian, me, supremecourt
I hope you have gone through my e-mail and the attachment files regarding violation of Recruitment Rules (RR) for faculty position by VNIT Nagpur. Although the authorities of VNIT short listed the candidates by violating the RR, the interview process is now going on and will end on 11 April 2016. The violation of RR is applicable to all the departments (not only for the Chemistry department) as they were not aware of the RR of MHRD. So we have to stop the recruitment process before they officially announce the result of the interview. Otherwise, lots of meritorious candidates including me will be affected by the improper recruitment process. I would appreciate if you give your valuable suggestions as early as possible.
As this matter is going beyond the limits of law and order. I request you to look into this and solve the issue as soon as possible. He is Dr. V. Kannan working as Assistant Professor (temporary) in NIT trichy and met him in one interview. Please suggest him to succeed in his issue with him on his mail id. firstname.lastname@example.org.
———- Forwarded message ———- From: Kannan V<c> Date: Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 6:39 PM Subject: violation of the Recruitment Rules (RR) for Faculty position by VNIT – Reg To: email@example.com
As talked to you I applied for Assistant professor (AGP 7000) position in the department of chemistry, VNIT Nagpur and I was not short listed to attend interview on 6th & 7th May 2016. I strongly believed that I should be short listed based on the academic and research merits. Hence I filed my application to seek information regarding the faculty recruitment process of VNIT under section 7 (1) of the RTI Act on 18 April 2016. I received reply for my RTI from the Registrar on 27 April 2016.
I came to know from the information received by RTI that the VNIT Nagpur short listedcandidates as per Recruitment rules (RR) uploaded in the VNIT website – Essential qualification & experience. I checked the content of the essential qualification & experience which is uploaded in the VNIT website. However, they are just essential qualification and experience for faculty post under 4 tier flexible structures in the NITs as per the official letter (F. No. 33-9/2011-TS III) dated 15th January 2014 sent by the Director NITs, MHRD Mr. Rajesh Singh to all 30 NITs. The essential qualification and experience are not Recruitment Rules (RR).
The Director NITs, MHRD Mr. Rajesh Singh sent that official letter (F. No. 33-9/2011-TS III) to all 30 NIT Directors and BOGs regarding the implementation of 4 tier flexible faculty structures in NITs. Mr. Rajesh Singh also sent Annexure – III (pages 8 – 22) regarding the Recruitment Rules (RRs) and other guidelines to be strictly adopted by the BOGs in NITs (Please check the attached document). The Model Recruitment Rules (MRR) for the faculty posts in NITs is framed by the MHRD and a PDF copy of the same available in the MHRD website (MRR-NITs_0.pdf). Since the MRR comes under the NIT act, all the NITs must strictly follow the same.
However, I am shocked to know that the authorities of VNIT Nagpur are not even aware of those MRR for the faculty posts in NITs because they considered essential qualification and experience as the RR and short listed the candidates accordingly. This is complete violation of the MRR and guidelines of MHRD for Faculty post in NITs by VNIT, Nagpur. According to S. No. 14 of the procedure for selection of Faculty in NIT system, the major objective of short listing is “to select the best candidates from the remaining list so that the member of candidates to be called for interview”. Then, according to S. No. 15 for the Faculty position in NITs, one of the short listing criteria is professional service record considering the reputation of organization where experience has been earned. The RRs corresponds to S. No. 14 & 15 are not at all considered by the authorities of VNIT as they did not aware of the MRR. For example, I am not even short listed to attend the interview in spite of having 6 years postdoctoral experience in Canada,teaching experience in NIT Trichy, 23 publications in reputed journals and 1 US patent with cumulative Impact Factor (IF) of 97. 11 (average IF 4.41) and about 600 citations.
I asked justification for short listing 3 candidates for Assistant Professor with AGP 7000 (for the department of Chemistry) as best candidates. The dean replied that “as per RR not as per merit list”. If the RRs do not select meritorious candidates, then what is the purpose of framing RRs for the faculty position?
The Dean (Faculty Welfare) replied for my RTI that the publication and experience details (Teaching and Research) of those 3 shortlisted candidates for AGP 7000 are not available. The publication and experiences are not only essential for faculty position, but also short listing criteria of MRR for NITs. How did the selection committee short list 3 candidates for AGP 7000 without knowing the vital information? Indeed they are not eligible for the AGP 7000 if they do not have publication and teaching or research experience.
I asked the reason for rejecting my application despite of having high quality publication in high impact factor (IF) journals including one paper in Nature Medicine (IF 28). The Dean replied that “Deficiency in application and not satisfying RR”. I strongly oppose that reply as I have 6 years postdoctoral experience in Canada,teaching experience in NIT Trichy, 23 publications in reputed journals and 1 US patent. If my candidature is not satisfying the RR, then none of the candidate will be eligible for attending the interview.
According to S. No. 20 of the MRR, the NIT shall strive to recruit 50% faculty from the other states. However, the Dean (Faculty Welfare) said that it is not applicable (N. A) in response to my RTI. It is crystal clear that the authorities of VNIT Nagpur are not aware of the MRR for the faculty posts in NITs and short listed the applications by ignoring the Model Recruitment Rules and Regulations for Faculty of NITs. Herewith I have attached my RTI form, reply document from VNIT and the letter (F. No. 33-9/2011-TS III) sent by the Director NITs, MHRD Mr. Rajesh Singh to all 30 NITs for your kind perusal.
Since the short listing process of VNIT is not at all based on the MRR and Regulations for Faculty of NITs, I file complaints in online grievance portal on 28 April 2016 and requested the authorities of MHRD kindly reschedule the interview dates for all the Departments of VNIT Nagpur after proper screening of application to select meritorious candidates, Transparency and minimum cut-off score for attending the interview for each department under each category (OC, OBC, SC and ST).
My grievance was initially forwarded to the Joint Secretary Shri S P Goyal, MHRD. I sent e-mail to Shri S P Goyal (firstname.lastname@example.org) to take necessary action on my grievance as early as possible on 29 April 2016. Though I proved that VNIT Nagpur violated the MRR, the MHRD official did not take any action but just forwarded the grievance to the Registrar, (Dr. Rajendra Yerpude, e-mail: email@example.com) VNIT Nagpur. However, I am afraid that the Registrar VNIT may not take any action and he will do favour to VNIT only.
My intention is not blame anyone, but to point out violation of MRR, lack of transparency, human error, irregularities, biases etc. in the faculty recruitment process in Institute with National Importance like NITs. Moreover I do not want any outstanding candidate to suffer in future. I cannot agree that “There is a huge shortage of qualified faculties for higher education in India”. We have excellent human resources for higher education but we do not have standard protocol to select and recruit the best candidates. Implementation of uniform and Transparent Recruitment process based on the merits of the candidates for Faculty position in NITs would lead to win-win situation because the outstanding candidates get faculty position and simultaneously the huge shortage of faculty in higher education will be solved.