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GU withdraws controversial ads

PANAJI: Bowing to the mounting pressure after the youth wing of Goa Forward Party (GFP) raised the issue, Goa University (GU) on Thursday withdrew its three controversial advertisements that relaxed a mandatory 15-years domicile clause for the recruitment of 82 teaching staff.

The press statement issued by varsity Registrar Y V Reddy on Thursday said that the Goa University has withdrawn the three advertisements released on March 8, 2019, for recruitment of 82 teaching positions – for backlog vacancies, shortfall vacancies and regular vacancies.

It may be noted that Goa Youth Forward, GFP party’s youth wing, had protested before the Registrar of Goa University on May 3 over the exclusion of the mandatory 15-years domicile clause for job recruitments in the premier institution. Later, GFP constantly opposed the same alleging that there was a deliberate move by the officials in the Goa University to keep Goans out of the recruitment drive by relaxing the mandatory clause of 15 years domicile certificate and condition of essential knowledge of Konkani.

Chief of GFP and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had also raised the issue with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant demanding action in the matter. Later, the Chief Minister sought reports from the director of higher education as well as the university authorities. The GFP had also submitted a memorandum in this regard to Governor Mridula Sinha, who is also the Chancellor of the Goa University.

It had also come to light that the university authorities had not taken prior permission of the state government for relaxing the mandatory 15-year domicile clause.

Following the withdrawal of the three controversial advertisements, the GFP, in a statement, said that this is a small ‘dose’ to those who have been scheming and conniving to force out ‘Goemkars’ from where they rightfully belong, from their own land. The party further said that a full ‘therapy’ awaits those who plan to attempt such foolishness in the future.

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