T’PURAM: Making the controversy over the assistants’ appointments murkier, the Kerala University informed some candidates that the answer sheets of the examination were not with it. This has given rise to more suspicions about the recruitment process.
This website's newspaper reported on Tuesday that one-third of the 200 candidates who were selected for appointment to the post of assistants in Kerala University are either close relatives or associates of CPM leaders.
The University, while replying to various candidates who sought their answer sheets through RTI Act, had informed them that they would be provided with their answer sheets when the University gets them back.
Two children of Sathyanathan, service consultant of AKPCTA, the pro- CPM private teachers organisation, niece and nephew of CPM Puthanthoppe local committee secretary Maryadasan and two sisters from Kadakkavoor, allegedly close relatives of a district-level leader of the CPM, were included in the ranklist.
Reacting to this website's newspaper report on Tuesday, Annie Chacko, leader of Pro- CPM Kerala University Employees’ Union in the Kerala University said that she had not sought the help of anyone to include her daughter’s name in the ranklist.
“My daughter is a first rank-holder in the MTM examinations and has enough qualifications to get the job through proper channel,” she said.
Meanwhile, Pro-Congress Kerala University Staff Union has urged Governor and University Chancellor R L Bhatia and Education Minister M A Baby to inquire into the allegations against the ranklist.
Staff union general secretary S Prasanan in a statement here on Tuesday urged an inquiry into the role of Vice-Chancellor M K Ramachandran Nair, Pro-Vice-Chancellor V Jayaprakash and syndicate members in the corruption behind the manipulation of the ranklist.
Pro-CPM Kerala University Employees’ Union said in a statement that the pro-Congress union was behind the allegations. Daughters of two women activists of the Pro-Congress union, the daughter of a personal staff member of Opposition leader and an office-bearer of the NGO Association were also in the list, the statement said.
Kerala University also denied the Express report through a statement which didn’t mention anything about the issues raised by this website's newspaper.
T'PURAM: The Kerala University has initiated action against employees owing allegiance to the pro-Congress Kerala University Staff Union (KUSU) alleging that they were behind the leaking of news relating to irregularities in the appointment of assistants to the University.
This website's newspaper had reported on Tuesday that one-third of the 200 candidates selected for appointment to the post of assistants in Kerala University were either close relatives or associates of CPM leaders.
On Wednesday, Prakashan, a leader of the pro-Congress Union, posted in the research section of the University, was issued a transfer order to Kariyavattom. Later in the evening, Vice-Chancellor M K Ramachandran Nair kept the order in abeyance following opposition from the pro-Congress union.
University sources said that there was also a move to complete appointments to all pending posts before the tenure of the present Vice-Chancellor, which will end in August.
According to sources, the selection committee of the syndicate has decided to complete formalities for appointment to the posts of drivers, linemen and typists in June. There are 15 vacancies of drivers, five vacancies of linemen and 40 vacancies of typists in the University.
Meanwhile, the University in a rejoinder said that the PSC did not provide OMR answer sheets to candidates. The answer sheets were stored in the agency which valued them to safeguard secrecy. Earlier, the University, while replying to queries by various candidates through RTI Act, seeking their answer sheets had replied that they would be provided with their OMR answer sheets when they were returned to the University.
However, the University had not published the marks the candidates scored in the written test in the website as was the case with the PSC. They had also violated the PSC norms that the marks for the interview should not exceed 20 percent of the marks for the written test.
Meanwhile, it has come to light that more candidates with CPM links found place in the top 200 ranks. On Tuesday, two sisters from Kadakkavoor, nieces of former CPM Kadakkavoor Local Committee secretary Kadakkavoor Bhasi, joined the University.