New Delhi : The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Saturday alleged that the ongoing interviews for the post of economics professors in Kalindi college were “illegal”, and must be stopped immediately.

“The vacancy advertised for the commerce department (eight in number) did not mention the number of posts corresponding to these economics papers. This was despite the fact that the total workload against which these eight posts were advertised included three posts relating to the economics papers,” DUTA president Nandita Narain said in an official statement issued here.

The advertisement did not even state that candidates possessing an MA Economics degree (with requisite qualifications) could apply, she said.

“In absence of the inclusion of this specific requirement, which ought to have been mentioned in the advertisement (corrigendum), many eligible candidates from the domain of economics have not applied in response to the college advertisement,” she added.

“Even otherwise, in this case, the resultant vacancies related to the pure domain of commerce stands at five, but the total number of candidates called for the interview is in excess of the permissible limit,” the DUTA president said.

She further said that lapses do not end there as experts from the economics department were not a part of the selection committee of the college, which is currently conducting interviews for these posts.

“The economics department of Delhi University at Delhi School of Economics was not even informed about these interviews. The teachers of the economics department at Kalindi college gave their representation to this effect to all the authorities.

“Regardless of the protest by the teachers, instead of correcting the advertisement and the process of selection, the college is holding interviews to fill these posts in haste, allegedly so as to appoint the present administrative officer of the college (who does not have the required qualifications) as a permanent faculty of commerce,” she said.

Since the entire process was “illegal”, the process must be put on hold, she added.

“The interviews being conducted currently for these posts for the commerce department at Kalindi college need to be put on hold with immediate effect,” she said.