RU cancels ‘controversial’ recruitment policy

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The authorities of Rajshahi University cancelled the ‘controversial’ teachers recruitment policy and formulated a new one to recruit meritorious students at the university.

According to the new policy, a student must have a thesis for being eligible to apply for the post of a lecturer at the university.

The teachers recruitment policy was accepted in the 516th syndicate meeting of the university held with the vice-chancellor professor Golam Sabbir Sattar in the chair on Wednesday night, confirmed syndicate member professor Ekramul Islam.

Earlier in 2015, then university authorities formulated the Rajshahi University Teachers Recruitment Policy-2015 where only those students, who were in the merit position from 1st to 7th with the minimum CGPA 3.5 in their undergraduate and postgraduate examinations, were eligible to apply for the post of a teacher.

Later, in 2017, the immediate-past vice-chancellor professor M Abdus Sobhan relaxed the CGPA conditions in the teachers recruitment policy-2017 and abolished the qualification of having merit position from 1st to 7th.

At least 34 teachers, including professor Sobhan’s daughter and son-in-law, were appointed through relaxing the rule.

Professor Ekramul Islam said that according to the newly formulated teachers recruitment policy, a candidate must have a minimum CGPA of 3.50 out of 4.00 in both the undergraduate and postgraduate examinations.

At the same time, the interested applicants should be in the first to seventh place in order of merit, he added.

Professor Ekramul Islam said that if no candidate was found with the required CGPA of 3.50, a new circular could be published relaxing the CGPA condition following the recommendation of the department’s planning committee and subjected to the approval of the syndicate.

He said that having a thesis was made mandatory in the new teachers recruitment policy.

‘A student must have a thesis for being eligible to apply for the post of a lecturer at the university’, he said, adding that non-thesis students, however, could apply for those departments that did not have thesis facilities.

Contacted, the RU vice-chancellor professor Golam Sabbir Sattar told New Age that the earlier teachers recruitment policy appeared to be somewhat flawed and questionable.

‘We have formulated the new policy based on the directions of the University Grants Commission and Education Ministry, giving priority to the talented students’, he added.

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