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RTI and Anna University – A BLATANT VIOLATION OF THE ORDER OF RTI COMMISSION

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 11, 2006

RTI and Anna University – A BLATANT VIOLATION OF THE ORDER OF RTI COMMISSION

Submitted by NGNUF Association

FOR THE KIND ATTENTION OF THE PRESS/MEDIA

Right to Information Act –2005 is now in the news and many are trying to make big news about it to make it more effective by making it popular. At this juncture we would like to share with the press a landmark order that we got from “Tamilnadu Information Commission” on 13th of July on our case of ‘Case No 696/2006’.

Among many other things that it would mean, an important thing is about making transparent the faculty selection and appointment at the University. Almost all the Universities in India unnecessarily maintain secrecy about the evaluation that invariably results in people buying their positions. Only those who have paid money to the right people before customary Syndicate meeting will be declared as appointed and the disappointed rest will not know as to how they lost? The money required for a position now seems to have gone up by couple of lakhs than what our present Chief Minister has indicated by last year. This corruption can be exposed easily by a stink operation and our member has requested THE HINDU for a help. Unfortunately there is no positive response yet.

In our case we have requested the ‘Anna University’ to make public the evaluation report of the Interview Committee constituted for selecting hundred faculty positions as advertised by it by its Advt No: 001/PR-14/2006 – 1 Dated 24-03-2006. The Commission has ordered the Registrar to make public the information by its orders passed on 13th of July 2006. We have approached the Registrar with the order, but have not succeeded till date to get any information from him.

A BLATANT VIOLATION OF THE ORDER OF RTI COMMISSION !!!

We feel that it is the responsibility of the Press and Media to highlight the implication of the situation. The Interview processes are over in the University by as early as 13th of July and the Syndicate meeting is also over by 28th of July. Why have not the University still not published the result of its selection process? Now the University is delaying it in spite of the Tamilnadu Information Commission’s order.

Please find below our petition and the Commission’s order in verbatim.

PETITION OF ‘ALL INDIA NON GOVERNMENT/ NON UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBERS OF HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION’

S.Vijayalakshmi
Information’s incharge

To:
The Public Information Officer,
C/o The Registrar,
Anna University,
Chennai – 600 025.

Copy to:
State Chief Information Commissioner,
Tamilnadu Information Commission.

Sir,
Sub: Lack of transparency in criteria for qualification required for college faculty – Reg
Ref: 1.Letter of Registrar of Anna University of Ref Letter No.8890/PR14/2006 dated
12.07.2006
2. Case No.696/Enquiry/2006 from the Secretary, Tamilnadu Information
Commission, Chennai 600 084.

We got the copy of the above-referred letter from the Registrar through Tamilnadu Information Commission, but we are not satisfied with the information furnished to us in the following aspects given point by point as per the letter.

1. We are aware of the UGC’s notification but what the University has not clarified is about the list of Humanities subjects in its curriculum. In the engineering curriculum (UG level) there are a number of Humanities subjects like Principles of Management, Managerial Economics, and Professional Ethics etc, which the affiliated colleges claim are not the subjects covered by UGC’s notification. They also dispute similarly to the entire Humanities curriculum of Management Studies at the PG level. How are you going to clarify them? What is the position at Guindy Engineering College and other University colleges and Government colleges?

Requirement: Publish the necessary qualification for each subject of all the streams of curriculum and ensure that affiliated colleges also furnish to you the exact qualification of all its faculty members for publication.

2. Our concern is about the eligibility for applying to faculty positions in the University and affiliated colleges. There are only handful of Open Universities and Universities offering correspondence or distance education. How many of them (especially those offering M.Phil, MCA, MBA, MA, M.Sc and such PG degrees) have been so far held as ‘not approved for applying for faculty position’ by the Standing Committee on Course Equivalency of Anna University, Academic Council / Syndicate? What if one possessed PG degree over such open university/ distance university / correspondence stream UG ?

Requirement: Publish the proceedings of Standing Committee on Course Equivalency of Anna University, Academic Council / Syndicate.
3. In the same line as ‘2’ above.
4. The answer is not clear as to candidates with IETE, AMIME, CA, ACS are permitted are not? Please make specific reply to those with such equivalent degrees opting for Faculty positions after a PG qualification.
5. There are instances when the University appointed commission has openly commented during their inspection about invalidity of degrees obtained from other states. The management of affiliated colleges seems to be constrained by such an arbitrary nature of the commissions and feels about their inability before such commissions.

Requirement: Publish all commissions report, particularly the points regards to the criteria for qualifications required for the faculty member.

The reply by the Registrar is silent on the very important information sought viz., the evaluation report of the interview committee for selecting faculty members for the University positions. The Anna University, by now, should have completed all the interview evaluation processes for the one hundred positions in the University as advertised by it by its Advt No: 001/PR-14/2006 – 1 Dated 24-03-2006. This will contain information on extent of suitability of candidates who have applied for the positions paying Rs500/- per application. They definitely have right to information for the money they have already paid and the information is now required in the public domain for all to understand the scheme.

Requirement: Please publish Interview committee finding for all the candidates who have applied and appeared for the selection process for the Advt No:001/PR-14/2006 – 1 with immediate effect (before Syndicate meeting). Please also publish the corrections suggested on the finding of the Interview committee by the Syndicate with the reasoning given by them (after the Syndicate meeting).

Please find enclosed the DD for Rs 50/-, required under Right to Information Act – 2005 for seeking such information. Also note that we are seeking information for the public domain and it will be good that you post such information in your website and keep us informed of the updates.

Yours sincerely,
–Sd—S.Vijayalakshmi

ALL INDIA
NON-GOVERNMENT/non-UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBERS of higheR EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
70, Chitrakulam North Street, Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004, Tel:24641773, 24641114
ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

“… LOOKING AT THE TYPE OF INFORMATION ASKED BY THE PETITIONER THE COMMISSION WOULD RECOMMEND TO THE REGISTRAR TO MAKE THIS INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN THE WEBSITE AS PART OF THE REQUIREMENT OF PROACTIVE DECLARATION OF INFORMATION CALLED FOR UNDER SEC.4 OF THE RTI ACT. THE COMMISSION WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND TO ANNA UNIVERSITY TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE SUGGESTION OF THE PETITIONER THAT THE RESULTS OF EVALUATION DONE BY THE INTERVIEW COMMITTEE FOR SELECTING THE FACULTY MEMBERS SHOULD ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE OR OTHERWISE FOR REFERENCE BY THE CONCERNED…”

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION

Orders passed this day 13th July, 2006.
Under the Orders of the Commission

–Sd—(T.R.DANDAPANI)
SECRETARY.

Ms. VIJAYALAKSHMI can be contacted over phone by her Mobile 9444623635.
ALL INDIA
NON-GOVERNMENT/NON-UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBERS
OF HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
70, Chitrakulam North Street, Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004, Tel:24641773, 24641114

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5 Responses to “RTI and Anna University – A BLATANT VIOLATION OF THE ORDER OF RTI COMMISSION”

  1. I noticed that this is not the first time at all that you write about the topic. Why have you chosen it again?

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