Engineering Colleges: HC disapproves of temporary teaching faculty in engg colleges | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Educational institutions, particularly technical institutions like engineering colleges, cannot be permitted to function with temporary teaching staff perennially, Madras high court has said.
Pointing out that it also violates the norms of UGC and AICTE, a division bench of Justice R Suresh Kumar and Justice K Kumaresh Babu directed the Anna University to report its stand on the issue.
The court passed the order on Friday, on a batch of pleas moved by temporary teaching staff of the university’s constituent college in Villupuram seeking to regularise their service.
“…So far as the educational institutions are concerned, especially technical institutions like engineering college, that too being run by a reputed university like the Anna University, the teaching faculty must be on permanent basis,” the court said.
Without a permanent teaching faculty as per the norms of the UGC as well as the AICTE, such an institution cannot be permitted to run the courses in technical education, the judges said.
“Merely because the college where these people were engaged is a constituent college of a university, it cannot violate such established norms to have permanent faculties,” the court added.
“We can understand, if an institution is at a nascent stage some teething problem may be there to have a permanent faculty immediately,” they said.
“Therefore, at least for one or two academic years such temporary teaching faculties can be permitted to be engaged. However, that practice cannot be permitted to be a perennial one as has been adopted by the Anna University in the present case,” the court asserted.
“…at this juncture, before taking a decision in these appeals, we want to know, what is the present stand of the administration of the university, with regard to the filling up of the teaching faculty/posts on a permanent basis,” the court said.

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