CPM Leader’s Wife’s Appointment: Associate Professor’s Hiring is a Serious Matter, Says HC


KOCHI: Appointment of an associate professor is not child’s play and it is a position that requires the appointment process to be carried out with seriousness, the Kerala High Court said in the case regarding the appointment of Priya Varghese at Kannur University.
Justice Devan Ramachandran was considering a petition (WP-C No. 26918/2022) challenging the appointment of the wife of CM’s private secretary and CPM leader KK Ragesh as an associate professor at the Malayalam department at Kannur University.
Noticing that the registrar of the university had filed a statement supporting the steps taken for the appointment, the court asked why the registrar is arguing for a candidate included in the preliminary shortlist. The challenge is regarding the decision of the selection committee and it is a case between the petitioner and the person who is being sought to be appointed, the court pointed out. The petitioner in the case is Joseph Skariah, a Malayalam professor at SB College in Changanassery who secured the second rank in the selection list.
Alleging that Priya is not even eligible for being considered for the interview for the post, the petitioner has contended that she does not have the prescribed teaching experience. Her teaching experience after the research period is less than three years, the petitioner points out. The petitioner also highlighted the alleged errors in the preparation of the rank list.
Considering the registrar’s statement, the court said it does not reveal how the teaching experiences of the candidates were calculated. Rather than considering the marks obtained in the interview, it should be looked into as to how each candidate reached the interview stage, the court said. The court will consider the case again on Wednesday.