HPU plans to appoint 200 teachers, says VC

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 10

Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) is planning to recruit 200 teachers, besides non-teaching staff. It had earlier appointed 153 teachers.

"We are planning to fill vacant posts in physical education, music, arts, education, population studies, environment studies, defence studies, library science and other departments," says Vice-Chancellor Sikander Kumar.

"Only competent people based on merit have been appointed in the university with total transparency and the scores and details of all candidates have been uploaded on the university portal," he says.

To the charges of irregularities in the recruitment of teachers levelled by the SFI and the NSUI, he says that appointments were made on the recommendation of the selection committee and the students' organisations can approach court if they think merit was ignored.

As many as 153 teachers have been appointed in the past three years and 83 teachers have been promoted under the career advancement scheme.

The university is also planning to recruit about 300 non-teaching staff, as a large number of posts are vacant following the retirement of employees.

The SFI and the NSUI have been targeting the Vice-Chancellor for alleged illegal and irregular recruitment of teachers made to please the government. The SFI has alleged that the Vice-Chancellor made appointments even during the pandemic but refused to open the university. It also alleges that meritorious candidates were ignored and many candidates, who did not fulfil the UGC norms were recruited.

SFI, ABVP activists clash

Tension gripped the HPU campus on Tuesday as SFI and ABVP activists clashed near the library and freely exchanged blows. Some ABVP members were eating food outside the library when the SFI activists reached there. The two groups had an argument and soon they clashed. No FIR was lodged by either group till late evening.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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