Candidates with higher ranks left in the lurch

Only 236 could attend the counselling

Many candidates selected by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) were left in lurch on the day of counselling.

On Wednesday, 236 lecturers who were also allotted ranks based on the selection made by KPSC were permitted to select the vacant posts as per the list from DTE. A total of 486 candidates had been selected by KPSC to fill up the vacant posts in government polytechnic, but only the 236 were allowed to attend the counselling.

Not allowed

The remaining 250 candidates were not allowed and the reasons cited ranged from lack of documents like validity certificate, no objection certificate from police and medical certificate.

A candidate who is also a lecturer, on condition of anonymity, said that he had secured second rank in the KPSC selection list, but since he had not received the intimation letter, he was not allowed to attend the counselling process. “I was not allowed to attend the counselling, despite having  submitted my documents two months ago,” the candidate rued.

Vittal, who had secured 16th rank according to the KPSC list for lecturer’s post, was also not allowed to participate in the counselling.

Letters not despatched

“Announcing the list of selected candidates on the KPSC website and then permitting students who have secured lesser ranks to select vacant posts in colleges of their choice, is just not unacceptable. If DTE knew that more than half the selected candidates’ letters have not been dispatched, what was the need, to conduct the counselling,” Vittal wondered.

With holidays lined up and the BBMP election code of conduct to come into effect from January 15, the selected candidates who have received ranks will have to wait for six more months to get a posting in the government polytechnics.

“The departments do not want to give any assurance to us and have proceeded with the counselling process denying justice to candidates with  higher ranks and general merit. Despite KPSC allotting ranks based on merit and seniority, the Director has refused to permit counselling” Dattatreya Pathgar, a candidate said.

Only a facilitator

However, UH Talwar, Director, DTE, said, “The DTE is only a body to facilitate the counselling process and the Higher Education Department will have to send the list of candidates and their documents to permit the students who did not participate in the counselling”.

Minister Speaks: Earlier in the day, Higher Education Minister, Aravind Limbavali, who inaugurated the counselling session said that the process initiated was aimed at filling up the vacant lecturers posts in the 43 new government polytechnic colleges. On the seat sharing matrix between government and COMEDK institutions, Limbavali said, “COMEDK has requested for some more time to inform us of their decision. Government will wait before taking any further action”.

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