Friday, July 22, 2011

Pay from your Fund to hire more staff, HC tells grant colleges

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court has ruled that the state government is under no legal obligation to fund the increase of staff in grant-in-aid ayurvedic and homeopathy colleges as per the norms of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM).
Three grant-in-aid Ayurvedic colleges of the state complained that the government was not sanctioning posts in their colleges as per the rules prescribed by the central governing body. Claiming that the state was bound to allot funds for increased staff, the colleges submitted that they were deprived of appointing adequate staff.
These colleges get 100 per cent grants from the government as per the resolutions passed in 1981 and 1986. Besides this, their funding is also governed by a central act, and the CCIM has increased the number of teaching and non-teaching staff of the colleges and the hospitals attached with them. The petitioners claimed that despite this situation of funding, the state government is not granting them permission to recruit the increased sanctioned staff.
However, the state submitted that it had resolved to provide 100 per cent grants for the sanctioned set up of the colleges as per the year 1981 and 1986. But, if the colleges now need to increase the staff, they can do so by using the amount generated by annual fees.
After hearing both the parties, the bench of chief justice S J Mukhopadhaya and justice J B Pardiwala dismissed the petition with the observation that the state is under no obligation to fund the increased staff, and if the colleges want to hire people, they can do so by utilizing funds that they get from students by way of fees.

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