Calicut varsity makes controversial amendments to give professorship to retirees

Thiruvananthapuram: The Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University has made amendments to grant professorship to retired teachers with retrospective effect. Following this, allegations were raised over violation of UGC rules. There was also criticism that the amendments were made to give professorship to minister R Bindhu, who resigned from the university to contest in election.

According to a UGC ruling from 2018, only those who remain in service will be considered eligble for professorship. The condition is that the selection committee should conduct an interview and make recommendation. The order from the State Government also states the same.

Only qualified teachers who remain in service will be considered for this with retrospective effect. However, by the order of Calicut University, about 100 retired teachers from various colleges will be given the status of professors with retrospective effect. Further, each of the teachers will have to be paid arrears of around Rs 5 lakh, if the decision is implemented.

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