Odisha: Retired government staff to be hired in universities | India News


BHUBANESWAR: Public state universities face many problems due to lack of adequate non-teaching staff. Many administrative works are delayed due to the shortage of these employees after retirement and other reasons. It is in this spirit that the management of higher education has decided to hire retired staff for a fixed term.
The department has written a letter to the registrars of all public state universities to urge retired government/university employees against non-teaching vacancies at those universities.
“In order to solve the vacancy problem, a maximum of 20 retired government or university employees may be hired for vacant sanctioned positions of junior assistants, senior assistants, section officers, assistants librarians, lab assistants-storekeepers and D-group positions,” the department’s additional secretary Birendra Korkora said in the letter.
These committed retired employees will continue until they join regular staff or for one year, whichever comes first. It’s a temporary arrangement. They are entitled to consolidated remuneration.
Previously, universities recruited people for teaching and non-teaching staff. But it was stopped after the state government amended the Odisha Universities (Amendment) Act 2020. According to the amendment, the Odisha Civil Service Commission (OPSC) will conduct the recruitment of teaching staff from universities, while the State Selection Board (SSB) will recruit non-teaching staff. Recruitment for these non-teaching staff positions has not yet been completed.
This recruitment process was affected after the University Grants Commission (UGC) wrote to the Department of Higher Education and the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) on May 25 to report the violation of the Supreme Court stay order on Odisha Universities Act 2020. the recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff by the OPSC and the State Selection Board (SSB) is directly at issue in the case pending before the Supreme Court, the current recruitment process by the agencies violates the SC order adopted on May 20, the UGC said.
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