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DHE Director: Recruitment by ‘Political Preference’ not ‘Procedure’

GoaChronicle brings to you shocking details of the operations of the Directorate of Higher Education and its recruitment procedures of the director and deputy directors…

Bhaskar Nayak – the current Director.  of Higher Education (DHE) and also the principal of the Government College in Quepem and Ponda – has been exposed on GoaChronicle.com before on the issue of the political harassment of a Botany professor from Quepem College, Celly Coutinho. It may be recalled that the lady professor was a victim of political harassment and vindication for raising issues against the former PWD minister Churchill Alemao and Nayak had even admitted that he was forced to transfer her to Government College of Sanquelim because of political pressure mounted by the Minister of Education Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate because of the PWD Minister’s insistence.

Two days ago we broke another shocking story, wherein RTI documents obtained by the social activist Advocate Aires Rodrigues showed that Bhaskar Nayak’s daughter Shruti Nayak was in 2008 paid by the Goa Government four lakhs she was not entitled for under the ‘Goa Scholars’ scheme. An F.I.R is to be lodged against Shruti Nayak today by the activist.

Here is even more shocking details pertaining to the recruitment of the Director and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Higher Eduction.

GoaChronicle.com had put an RTI query to the DoHE. Letter Number – No 9/194/2012/HE/RTIA/1516. Here are the surprising and shocking replies from R K Halarnkar, Public Information Officer, Under Secretary (Higher Education)

Question 1: Are the posts of the Director and Dy. Director of DoHE filled in accordance to the recruitment rules, like in other states in India? If yes, issue me a copy of recruitment rules?

DHE: Recruitment rules for the posts are not notified.

Question 2: What are the qualification required for the above posts?

DoHE: Not applicable in view on no recruitment rules for the posts being notified.

Question 3: Has seniority been followed to appoint the Dy Director of DoHE?

DHE: The post is filled on working arrangement as stop gap arrangement.

Question 4: What is the retirement age for the post of Director and Dy Director?

DHE: Not applicable in view on no recruitment rules for the posts being notified.

Question 5: Has the Government of Goa advertised and recruited these public posts? If yes, issue copy of the advertisement?

DHE: No

Here is the surprising bit. The DHE has till now, not framed the basic recruitment rules for the posts of Director and Deputy Director of the DHE. Neither has the government advertised for these posts. Therefore, a Director like Nayak who shares a good relationship with successive governments misuses his office because his very recruitment does follow the natural process of government recruitment that is necessary for such a position and such a sector as education. His appointment appears to be a preferential recruitment.

Here is a little history into Nayak’s appointment:

In 2002, during the earlier Parrikar regime. Nayak was an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Office of the Directorate of Higher Education. Following the transfer of the then Director of DHE on account of IAS cadre calling, Parrikar promoted Nayak to the position of Director of DHE. Subsequently in 2005, during the President’s rule in Goa, Professor Gomes who was then the principal of Pernem College was appointed by the Governor as Director DHE and also made principal of Quepem College, while Nayak was transfered to Pernem college as principal.

In 2007, when the Digambar Kamat government held fort, Professor Gomes was relieved of the position of Director of DHE and Nayak was transferred to Quepem College and also appointed as Director of DHE.

Here are some more interesting facts on what grounds should Nayak’s recruitment and his continuance to stay in government office and even as principal of Quepem College, must be questioned:

According to UGC Notification on Revision of Pay Scales, Minimum Qualification for Appointment of Teachers in Universities, Colleges and Other measures for the Maintenance of Standards, 1998.

Here are the guidelines for Principal (Professor’s Grade)

1. Master Degree with at least 55 per cent of the marks or its equivalent grade of B in the 7 point scale with later grades O,A,B,C,D,E and F.

2. Ph.D or equivalent qualification.

3. Total experience of 15 years of teaching/research in Universities/Colleges and other institutions of higher education.

Here are the guidelines for Principal (Reader’s Grade)

1. Master Degree with at least 55 per cent of the marks or its equivalent grade of B in the 7 point scale with later grades O,A,B,C,D,E and F.

2. Ph.D or equivalent qualification.

3. Total experience of 15 years of teaching/research in Universities/Colleges and other institutions of higher education.

Surprisingly, as informed to us by sources in the DoHE, as a principal of Quepem College or as Director of DoHE, Nayak does not possess a PH.D nor its equivalent to even hold the posts. But yet he continues to do so.

GoaChronicle.com discussion with numerous professors and acting principals indicate that Recruitment Rules for the Posts of Director and Dy Director are not being framed by Nayak in order to continue to hold office of DHE. Most government colleges do not full-time principals because Nayak oversees the functioning through acting principles. But most shocking of all is that Nayak has only completed his MA with specialisation in two fields and does not possess a PH.D. In fact some of the senior professors are better qualified than Nayak.

The question GoaChronicle.com is raising is that for an important role as education successive governments have been standing with Nayak even though he is not qualified for the post and has been running it as his personal fiefdom. Why are the recruitment rules not been framed for so many years? And why should qualified professors lose out opportunities to serve the state on account of Nayak and his political connections.

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