WP(C) 2855/2010. Gauhati High Court

Case Number:WP(C) 2855/2010
Judgement Date:February 23, 2021
Court:Gauhati High Court

IN THE G AUHATI HIG H C O URT

(THE HIG H C O URT O F ASSAM, NAG ALAND, MIZO RAM AND ARUNAC HAL PRADESH) PRINC IPAL SEAT AT G UWAHATI

(EXTRAO RDINARY WRIT JURISDIC TIO N)

WP(C ) No .2855 o f 2010

Ra me sh G o swa mi … … … Writ Pe titio ne r

- Ve rsus-

The Sta te o f Assa m & o the rs. … … Re sp o nd e nts

BEFO RE

HO N’BLE MR. JUSTIC E SUMAN SHYAM

Fo r the p e titio ne r : Mr. B. D. Da s, Sr. Ad vo c a te .

Ms. R. De ka , Ad vo c a te .

Fo r the re sp o nd e nts : Mrs. R. C ho ud hury,

Sta nd ing C o unse l, Hig he r Ed uc a tio n De p tt.

Da te o f he a ring : 23.02.2017. Da te o f Jud g me nt : 23.02.2017.

JUDG MENT AND O RDER (O ra l)

  1. He a rd Mr. B. D. Da s, le a rne d se nio r c o unse l a ssiste d b y Ms. R. De ka , le a rne d c o unse l a p p e a ring fo r the p e titio ne r. Also he a rd Mrs. R. C ho ud hury, le a rne d Sta nd ing C o unse l, Hig he r Ed uc a tio n De p a rtme nt, a p p e a ring o n b e ha lf o f the o ffic ia l re sp o nd e nts.

  2. By filing the insta nt writ p e titio n the p e titio ne r ha s a p p ro a c he d this C o urt fo r the third time se e king b e ne fit o f UG C sc a le with e ffe c t

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    fro m the d a te o n whic h the C o lle g e und e r whic h he wa s se rving i.e . Na lb a ri C o mme rc e C o lle g e , wa s b ro ug ht und e r the d e fic it g ra nt in a id syste m o f the G o ve rnme nt.

  3. This c a se ha s a c he q ue re d histo ry a nd the re fo re , a na rra tio n o f the b rie f fa c tua l ma trix , a s p ro je c te d b y the p e titio ne r, g iving rise to the p re se nt writ p e titio n wo uld b e ne c e ssa ry fo r a p p re c ia ting the issue invo lve d he re in. The p e titio ne r ha d a c q uire d Ma ste rs De g re e in Assa me se G ro up -B se c uring 46.1% ma rks in the ye a r 1977 a nd the re a fte r, ha d a g a in a c q uire d a Ma ste rs De g re e in Assa me se G ro up A b y se c uring 53.4% in the ye a r 1980. Ta king no te o f his a c a d e mic q ua lific a tio n, the p e titio ne r wa s a p p o inte d a s a le c ture r in Assa me se in the Na lb a ri C o mme rc e C o lle g e o n 13.08.1979. The Na lb a ri C o mme rc e C o lle g e wa s b ro ug ht und e r the d e fic it g ra nt-in-a id syste m o f the G o ve rnme nt with e ffe c t fro m 01.04.1992 a nd the a p p o intme nt o f the le c ture rs ma d e in the C o lle g e b y fulfilling the UG C no rms we re a lso p ro visio na lly a p p ro ve d b y the sub se q ue nt le tte r d a te d 24.02.1993. Sinc e the a p p ro va l o f the a p p o intme nts we re ma d e p ro visio na lly, he nc e , b y the le tte r d a te d 24.02.1993 the DPI ha d so ug ht G o ve rnme nt a p p ro va l in re sp e c t o f tho se a p p o intme nt ma d e to the te a c hing a nd no n-te a c hing sta ff o f the C o lle g e b ut the p o st o f le c ture r he ld b y the p e titio ne r wa s sho wn a s va c a nt in the sa id le tte r o n the g ro und tha t the p e titio ne r d id no t me e t the UG C q ua lific a tio n no rms. The re a fte r b y issuing the o rd e r d a te d 07-02-1994, the

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    p e titio ne r’ s se rvic e wa s p ro visio na lly a p p ro ve d in the fixe d p a y o f Rs.2300/ - p e r mo nth p lus o the r a llo wa nc e s with e ffe c t fro m 01.10.1993, b ut he wa s no t a llo we d a va il the re g ula r UG C p a y sc a le a nd o n the c o ntra ry a c o nd itio n wa s imp o se d tha t the p e titio ne r wo uld b e e ntitle d to the inc re me nta l b e ne fit in the UG C sc a le o f p a y o f R.2200/ to 4000/ - o nly a fte r o b ta ining M.Phil/ Ph.D. d e g re e within e ig ht ye a rs fa iling whic h his se rvic e will no t b e c o nfirme d . In the sa id le tte r a furthe r c o nd itio n wa s imp o se d tha t the p e titio ne r will no t b e e ntitle d to Se le c tio n G ra d e sc a le o f p a y till he fulfills the UG C no rms.

  4. It wo uld b e p e rtine nt to me ntio n he re in tha t p rio r to 15.12.1988, the UG C no rms fo r a p p o intme nt a s a le c ture r in the C o lle g e re q uire d

    52.5% ma rks in MA/ MSc / MC o m with ho no urs in the first d e g re e le ve l. The sa id re q uire me nt wa s ho we ve r e nha nc e d with e ffe c t fro m

    15.12.1988 up to 55% ma rks in the Ma ste rs d e g re e . Be fo re the e nha nc e me nt o f the e lig ib ility no rms to 55% ma rks the re we re a t le a st 16 le c ture rs se rving in 8(e ig ht) numb e rs o f d iffe re nt C o lle g e s in Assa me se who we re re c ruite d b y fo llo wing the p re vio us UG C no rms o f

    52.5% ma rks with ho no urs in first d e g re e le ve l b ut sinc e the sa id le c ture rs d id no t me e t the re vise d no rms o f 55% ma rks, he nc e , the Dire c to ra te wa s fa c e d with c e rta in le g a l hurd le s in re g ula rizing the ir se rvic e s. As suc h, b y issuing a c o mmunic a tio n d a te d 11.02.1992 the...

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