Election Commission allows degree colleges to conduct teacher recruitment in Maharashtra

The state government had halted the recruitment process since March 10 to avoid a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) imposed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the ongoing general elections

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) has allowed degree colleges in the state to continue the recruitment process for teaching and non-teaching staff in their government-aided sections. However, ECI has directed that the names of successful candidates for more than 3,500 positions should be announced after the final phase of polling in Maharashtra on April 29.

Earlier, the state government had stopped the recruitment process March 10 onwards to avoid a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) imposed by the EC, owing to the general elections. Around 40 per cent of the vacant positions for teachers in degree colleges and universities will be filled after the state has lifted the freeze on teacher recruitment after three years.

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In a letter to the chief electoral officer of the state, the commission said last week that 89 colleges that have published advertisements for 703 appointments could go ahead with the selection process. On the other hand, 29 colleges were permitted to issue advertisements for 167 posts.

During the model code of conduct period, the government is prohibited from announcing and implementing new schemes and policies, lest it influence the electorate.

On March 22, state education minister Vinod Tawde in a letter to the governor and chancellor of the state's public universities, Ch Vidyasagar Rao, seeking permission to conduct interviews for recruitment and issue no-objection certificates (NOCs) to colleges. He added that the decision to appoint the staff was made prior to MCC coming to effect.

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