।। Staff Correspondent, Rajshahi ।।
Recently, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) has published a recruitment circular for 78 people. This includes multiple posts including section officer. Although the recruitment process for various posts has been going on for the last two months, the process for the post of Section Officer has been stalled for a long time.
Multiple sources in the RUET Officers’ Association say the administration is under pressure to appoint section officers. The university administration has issued a notification for the appointment of 6 persons for this post. Thousands have applied. Among the applicants are current and former multiple Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders. And that is why various lobbying is going on for the appointment of this post.
When asked, RUET Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rafiqul Islam Sheikh said, “There is pressure to appoint not only section officers but also for all posts. But we want to do everything according to the rules. No matter the pressure, we want to recruit qualified candidates. ”
Uttarkal has spoken in detail with several concerned sources to know the beginning and end of the recruitment process. An official of the administration, who did not want to be named, said that although the recruitment notification for the post of section officer has been published, there are plans to create additional posts to cope with the pressure of lobbying. The official claimed that there is strong lobbying from different quarters for at least 11 people against 6 posts. Of these, the number of lobbying in the political circles of the ruling party is the highest. This is followed by the recommendations of the important officials of the RUET administration and the professional organizations of the campus. Besides, there is pressure for some former and current leaders of BCL.
However, when Rajshahi Metropolitan BCL president Rocky Kumar Ghosh’s attention was drawn, he said, “The BCL does not know anything about this.” He also claimed that he did not know whether anyone had applied for these posts.
Despite acknowledging lobbying, recommendations or pressure, the RUET VC claims that they are carrying out recruitment activities with utmost transparency within the rules. “We are not doing anything outside the direction of the ministry,” he said. “However, as the year of Mujib, the ministry has directed to provide more employment to the unemployed youth. We have taken that into consideration as well. ”
Asked if there was a plan to deal with the pressure of lobbying by recruiting manpower outside the advertised posts, RUET VC claimed that whatever happens, everything will be according to the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the ministry and the syndicate.
Regarding the delay in the recruitment process of the section officer, the VC said, “The recruitment process has been delayed due to Corona. Hopefully, the recruitment committee will complete this process as soon as possible. ”
Talking about the issue, UGC member Professor Dil Afroza Begum said, “It becomes a ‘hidden crime’ in our country, which can be called ‘open secret’. In most cases, lists are sent from different quarters before appointment. Sometimes there are allegations of financial transactions. ”
However, the UGC member said that such a situation would not have happened if the university administration had more capacity. He said, “The transparency of the appointment depends entirely on the VC. He can form a transparent recruitment committee if he wants. Can form recruitment boards with outside members to avoid local pressure. And if the VC does the ops himself, then we don’t really have to do much. Because all of this is done with the utmost secrecy, in the sense that there is no documentary evidence. ”
He also said that UGC is working to appoint a transparent VC by looking at the past record to deal with these situations.
It is to be noted that even before this, in 2014, there was an uncomfortable situation due to the political pressure on the appointment of RUET, which led to agitation and vandalism.