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High Court directs Nagaland University to consider aggrieved applicant’s representation in 30 days

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JUNE 12: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed Nagaland University (NU) to consider within 30 days a representation submitted by an aggrieved applicant.
According to Court records, Dr. Tanmoy Karak, a resident of Dibrugarh in Assam, had applied for the post of Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture Chemistry and Soil Science following an advertisement issued by NU on November 2, 2020.
After the oral interview, when the results were declared on February 7, 2022, the University had announced that none of the candidates were found qualified.
“Aggrieved, the petitioner approached the authorities through RTI and as per the answer given, he was allotted 9.63 marks for the academic background and 19.5 marks for research performance based on API score and quality of publication. The contention of the petitioner is that the marks given were not as per the UGC regulations, thus this writ petition”, it stated.
During the hearing held on June 10, the Counsel for the University submitted that the petitioner had submitted a representation on March 31, 2022 which has not been disposed till date.
He therefore suggested that the writ petition be disposed of with a direction that the representation may be disposed of within a time-frame.
In response, the Counsel for the petitioner agreed that the writ petition may be disposed of as proposed by the respondents’ Counsel. He however submitted that the petitioner may be allowed to submit a copy of the writ petition, which is more exhaustive in explaining the case of the petitioner.
After hearing both the Counsels, Justice Songkhupchung Serto said: “In view of the submissions of the learned Counsels appearing for the parties, this writ petition is disposed of with a direction to the respondents to dispose of the representation of the petitioner within a period of 30 days from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. The petitioner shall also be allowed to submit a copy of this writ petition to the respondents within a week”.
He added that till the disposal of the representation, status quo regarding the post of the Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture Chemistry and Soil Science should be maintained.
(Page News Service)