The University Grants Commission (UGC) allowed public universities to complete recruitment process online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A letter signed by UGC Secretary (Additional Responsibility) Ferdous Zaman on Sunday was sent to the vice-chancellors and registrars of all public universities in this regard.The universities will have to comply with five conditions to go through the process.
“The online education is going on in the universities due to the coronavirus situation. Now, the universities can hold online recruitment tests and interviews by fulfilling five conditions if they fail to conduct on-site tests to complete the recruitment process,” said the letter. The conditions imposed by the UGC are holding online recruitment tests and interviews as per the law of the respective universities and making appointments through publishing open circular following university’s acts, statutes, and rules in the context of the demand of the concerned authorities.
The conditions also include making a policy approved by the syndicate following the recommendations of the Academic Council of the University for conducting online recruitment tests and interviews, preserving audio and video files of the recruitment tests and interviews for at least two years and scrutinising the original certificates of the selected candidates properly before appointing them.
The decision was made at a time when the authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) is moving on appointing six new teachers at Philosophy Department through online viva voce amid the pandemic but protesting the online recruitment process, a fraction of the teachers of the department at a press conference on Friday demanded that the online recruitment process be stopped.
However, considering the ‘teaching load’, the teachers are in favour of holding an in-person viva voce if the situation is normal.