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The NET/SLET association has called for a common entrance test

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TRICHY: The NET/SLET association has called for a common entrance test to fill about 3,500 vacancies of teachers in 91 government arts colleges in the state that have been lying vacant since 2013. In 2013, about 1,000 teachers were recruited to various government arts colleges through the Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB). Since then there has not been any recruitment. The association which represents college teachers, both regular and temporary who have cleared NET/SLET, has asked the government to shun conventional selection procedure as it does not test the knowledge of candidates. A R Nagarajan, advisor of the association, said that the present weightage system in the selection process has given room for malpractice. “TRB has also been violating the University Grants Commission norms during the last selection process.”

“Those who have received PhD degrees as per UGC 2009 norms are only eligible for recruitment. But candidates not meeting this criteria were recruited during the last recruitment,” he said.

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“TRB has been hesitant to carry out recruitment as it is on the tenterhooks to fix the eligibility for recruitment. If it goes by UGC 2009 norms, its recruitment of 2013 would be questioned. Therefore, a common entrance test similar to law and engineering institutions would be an ideal choice to appoint the right candidates,” said Nagarajan.

R Thanga Muniyandi, president of the association, questioned the government on redeploying excess staff from Annamalai University to various government arts colleges and state-run universities which is affecting the prospects of candidates who aspire to become teacher based on merits. “DVAC has filed a case against the former administrators of the university for illegally recruiting staff. But it is unfortunate that the state government is legitimising the appointments by redeploying them to other colleges affecting the prospects of fresh candidates for the job,” he said.

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