The government is asking universities to stop ongoing recruitment following the amendment to the Odisha Universities Act
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BHUBANESWAR: The Department of Higher Education has asked universities to end the ongoing cessation of teaching and non-teaching positions following the amendment to the Odisha Universities Act of 1989. Now the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) will conduct the recruitment of teachers according to the change.

Department Secretary Saswat Mishra has written letters to Vice Chancellors (VCs) of 12 state public universities to comply with the provisions of the amended law. The state government published the “Odisha Universities (Amendment) Ordinance 2020” in its official journal of Odisha on Friday.

“Applications for teaching vacancies (in all three ranks of assistant professors, associate professors, and professors) should be submitted to the OPSC. The ongoing selection and recruitment process, if currently conducted at university level, should be terminated immediately.” said Mishra in the letter.

As of February 2020, 837 apprenticeship positions were vacant at 10 state universities out of 1,424 approved positions. Only the Fakir Mohan University in Balasore and the GM University in Sambalpur have managed to fill some of their vacancies before the lockdown; others could not even hold the interview because of the pandemic situation and other problems.

Fakir Mohan University has recruited 36 teachers from the 72 vacancies. It had filled vacancies in six departments before the lockdown occurred in the country. It was preparing to appoint teachers in the remaining four departments.

Similarly, GM University has hired 86 teachers from 128 vacancies. Due to the pandemic, no recruiting process could be carried out for the remaining 42 positions. “Under the amending law, these universities will no longer be able to hire teachers after September 4th,” said a department official.

The department said the application should be submitted to the State Selection Board for vacant non-teaching positions. “The ongoing selection and recruitment process, if it is currently being carried out at university level, should be stopped immediately,” said the department secretary in his letter to the university’s VCs.

Mishra also stated that the syndicate and academic council of the universities should be restored. “The annual report must be uploaded to the university’s website within 30 days of receiving the audit report from the local accounts examiner so that it is publicly available for at least three years from the date of upload,” said his letter.

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