Karnataka: Let go of temporary staff hired sans nod, varsities told | Mysuru News

MYSURU: The Karnataka higher education department has ordered all state-run varsities to relieve temporary employees, outsourced workers and those employed on a contractual basis without prior government approval of their duties immediately.
The registrars of 23 varsities, including the University of Mysore (UoM), Mandya Cluster University and Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), have been issued a directive to this effect by the government. According to the government circular, the varsities have to relieve both teaching and non-teaching staff of their duties.
Coincidentally, Mysuru MP Pratap Simha had only recently made allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of 400 daily wage labourers at UoM. However, UoM vice-chancellor Prof G Hemantha Kumar had dismissed the allegations. KSOU officials too may have to answer a few difficult questions given the recent recruitment of teachers, who were hired on a contractual basis at the varsity.
The government has pointed out that those who have been hired by varsities without its consent may move the court seeking regularisation of their employment, with all the benefits it entails. In a bid to pre-empt such a scenario, the government has asked all varsities to relieve those recruited without its consent of their duties.
UoM registrar R Shivappa said that the varsity was yet to receive any directions from the government about its employment. “We will take a decision once we receive the order,” Shivappa said.
Former UoM syndicate member MSS Kumar blamed the protracted delay in the appointment of regular staff to universities for the present problem. “Nearly 60% of the staff at universities are not regularised workers. Such being the case, no state university will be able to follow the government’s direction. The only solution to this is to initiate recruitment to all the vacant posts at the earliest,” Kumar said.

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