Bangalore, Mar 28: The National Council for Teachers' Education (NCTE) has exposed a racket in the newly-started Rani Chennamma University in Belgaum, where three persons having lesser qualifications were appointed as professors.
A Deccan Chronicle report says, according to the minutes of the NCTE Southern Regional Committee (SRC) 35th meeting, three professors of the department of Education of the university have no minimum educational qualification to become professors.
The university in its proposal had mentioned that Dr. Yarriswamy is serving the department in the capacity of associate professor, while Dr. Sushma is an assistant professor. The University has appointed Dr. Maruthirao R. Nimbalkar as visiting professor.
But NCTC has observed that all these three lecturers don't have minimum educational qualifications to become professors in the department.
According to the meeting minutes, Dr. Yarriswamy is not eligible for the post of Associate Professor as he got only 51.7% in M.A when as per NCTE norms a minimum of 55% marks is required for eligibility.
Dr. Sushma is not eligible for the post of Assistant Professor as she got only 53% in M.A, when, as per NCTE norms a minimum of 55% marks is required for eligibility.
Dr. Maruthirao R. Nimbalkar is not eligible for the post of Visiting Professor as she has only 52% marks, as per NCTE norms minimum of 55% marks is required for eligibility.
According to the Deccan Chronicle report, a whistleblower not only traced these irregularities through the NCTE officials, but also forwarded all the documents through a fake email id.
A senior officer from the higher education department said, “To do PhD, every candidate must have minimum 55% in their master's degree. We don't know how these lecturers were allowed to do their PhD without fulfilling very basic eligibility criteria. We are surprised by the university's decision to appoint such low-scoring candidates to the top posts”.