The High Court has held that no further deputation exercise or temporary appointments of teaching staff should be done by the university for the next academic year without filling up regular posts.
Justice P R Ramachandra Menon passed the order while considering the petition filed by Mansoor Ali, chairman of Cochin University Students’ Union, seeking a directive to the Cusat to appoint permanent teaching staff for vacant sanctioned posts in the School of Legal Studies.
It also sought a directive to the Cusat Vice-Chancellor to notify all regular vacancies in the sanctioned posts.
Counsel for the petitioner Sreedevi Kylasanath submitted that there was a shortage of teaching faculty in the institution.
At preset there are only five permanent teaching staff for 299 students.
Even though many communications were sent to Cusat, no action has been taken.
Staff appointments, including that of course co-ordinators, are made only on contract basis.
“Temporary appointments often tend to be inexperienced teachers who are fresh LLM holders. If permanent appointments so not happen, the School of Legal Studies will lose its Bar Council recognition,” the petition stated.
The university submitted that the requisite teaching staff had been taken on deputation for the time-being.
It also said necessary steps would be taken to notify all regular vacancies in respect of the sanctioned posts before the next academic year.