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Kerala – Governor Axes Notification for Illegal Appointments in APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University

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Kerala (VSK). Governor, in his capacity as the Chancellor of the universities in the state, froze the notification, issued sans VC’s knowledge, for ‘mass illegal appointments’ in APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (APJAKTU).

Governor has asked to take actions, against those who are guilty, after issuing proper Show Cause Notices. The Notification was meant to appoint candidates who are ‘close’ to the ruling Front (or party) despite the government directive to fill temporary vacancies through Employment Exchanges. Notification made it clear that the appointments would be based on interviews. And, it did not say how many vacancies were there. There were allegations that these ‘conditions’ were excuses for largescale corruption hence Governor intervened.

Applications were invited for the vacancies of Administrative Support Staff, Office Attendant and Driver-cum-Office Attendant. At the moment 90 employees are working in KTU in various positions on contract basis. PSC has prepared a rank list of University Assistants. Since there is no approval for permanent appointment, temporary appointments can be done from the PSC rank list. Another option is Employment Exchange.

People are anxious about irregularities if temporary employees are assigned in the fields of examination duties including question paper setting, valuation, mark tabulation, certificate distribution, etc. So far most of the temporary appointments are from the constituencies of the elected representatives who are also members of the Varsity Syndicate.

The Notification has been issued after Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ciza Thomas took over on November 4, 2022, Friday. But, VC came know about the Notification only after it was issued on November 8! It was signed by the registrar. When the Federation of University Employees complained to the Chancellor, he sought explanation from the VC. VC’s report to Chancellor is said to be stating that the Notification was issued without her knowledge and most of the allegations pointed out by the Federation are right.

These sorts of incidents underline in bold letters what Governor has been stating about nepotism and corruption in the functioning of the CPM-led Left Democratic Front regime with CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan at the helm. VC is kept in dark about the Notification for largescale appointments. This is more than enough to establish that appointments of the ‘blue-eyed boys’ as the VCs are to carry out mass corruption in varsities.

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