Monday, May 28, 2012

Teachers recruitment in Chandigarh under HC scanner

Teachers recruitment in Chandigarh under HC scanner

CHANDIGARH: The recent recruitment of teachers by the Chandigarh administration has come under the scanner of Punjab and Haryana High Court after a petition was filed against it.

The High Court has sought explanation from the UT administration for allegedly allowing “less qualified” teachers from neighbouring Punjab and Haryana to compete for the posts of JBT teachers advertised by the administration on March 13.

HC has also issued notices to Punjab, Haryana, National Council for Teachers Education( NCTE), Director, and Secretary of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). A joint petition has been filed by as many as 53 candidates who had contested for JBT posts.

The petitioners have even demanded that decision of UT administration to allow Punjab and Haryana candidates who cleared Teacher Eligibility Test(TET) of their concerned states should be annulled.

The petitioners counsel, Advocate APS Shergill, submitted that UT’s decision to allow the teachers from neighbouring states is in complete contrast to the principles of law and against the basic criteria of appointment.

Shergill said that since Chandigarh is under central government , the candidates who had cleared the Central Teachers Eligibility Test(CTET) were eligible for the posts of JBT teachers in any UT.  The petitioners have also submitted that teachers from Punjab and Haryana who had cleared TET were less qualified.

Shergill even said that Chandigarh babus had been trying to accommodate their own favourites from Punjab and Haryana using illegal means to allow them for the posts of JBT teachers. Apart from that, it has also been submitted that the decision to allow teachers from Punjab and Haryana is contrary to the NCTE norms.

The petitioners have raised an alternative demand as well, that if the candidates from Punjab and Haryana to allowed to participate in the recruitment with their state level TET, then CTET candidates should also be allowed to participate in recruitment in the two states.

The candidates from Chandigarh are not allowed for JBT posts in Punjab and Haryana as the two states emphasize domicile for their respective states.

The petition reads, “Punjab and Haryana governments are not allowing CTET cleared candidates from Chandigarh or other parts of India, because they are following the NCTE rules which UT is not following.”

The respondents have to reply till the first week of July.

Source : (28.5.12)

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