Port Blair, May 23: The National Students Union of India (NSUI) State President Mr. M.A Sajid has highlighted the issue of in-sufficient time given to the aspirants applying for the vacancies of Post Graduate Teachers in the Education Department.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Sajid stated that the time duration provided to the aspirants is from May 10th to May 31st, 2023 is not sufficient while as per the guidelines of Employment Exchange, at least 30 days should be given to the aspiring candidates to apply for the posts.

He mentioned, "In education, the self-marking system is in practice; hence, conducting recruitment examinations is not required. Even for contractual appointments, 45 days is allowed. There is a heavy rush in the cyber cafes to fill up the forms; hence, it is requested to provide at least 45 days to fill up the forms online and then submit the hard copy to the respective centres".

"The Education Department has also asked for a Caste Certificate, which is highly objectionable as no caste system is available in the A&N Islands. Moreover, an OBC Certificate should be produced after the date of publication of the Vacancy. It is very hard to obtain an experience certificate, a fresh OBC Certificate, etc. and then apply for the post of PGT. The Revenue Department is taking more than 15 days to issue certificates as the Patwari’s are overburdened', said Sajid.

Sajid added that the self-marking system introduced by the Education Department is not in accordance with the Recruitment Rules, which can be challenged. The Additional marking allowed to the candidates who have done PG in double subjects and M. Ed is neither in the RR nor in the Recruitment Notice, hence it appears to be wrong.

Concluding his letter, Mr. Sajid requested the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration to kindly look into the matter and issue necessary directions to the Education Department to redress the plight of aspirants.