An Academic Council member and professor of Sri Aurobindo College, Hansraj Suman, said a huge sum of “unclaimed money” was collected as application fee from assistant professor recruitment applications. He stated the colleges neither called them for interviews nor returned their money. The excess fees was taken multiple times during the recruitment process.
“Nearly 40 colleges advertised for recruitment to the posts of assistant professors two years ago, with a fee of Rs 500 for general category and Rs 250 for OBC, SC/ST and handicapped aspirants,” he said. Dean of Colleges Devesh K Sinha said he did not have data about the number of applications received and money submitted, but that he would look into the issue and direct colleges to issue a refund.
Responding to the proclamation, Sinha told PTI he would look into the issue and direct colleges to arrange refund.Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) President Rajib Ray stated some colleges have advertised twice or thrice for the same post without conducting an interview.
“Ethically, one should call for interview or refund the money. After 18 months, there is another advertisement for the same post. At least they should exempt applicants who have already paid the money. Also, very few appointments took place since 2015 and the number of applications received are as high as 7 lakhs, ” Ray said.
“Since 2015, interviews have taken place in very few departments of merely eight to nine colleges. Both colleges and university have been maintaining a lukewarm attitude,” Ray added.
DUTA claimed that the issue was raised in the executive council meetings as well.
The recruitment process for professors in Delhi University has been under the radar for the ambiguity and monetary hassles involved, such incidents speak of the existing malpractices in the University administration.
-With inputs from Aakanksha Aggarwal