Jharkhand High Court quashes 17,500 teacher recruitment notification, says eligibility criteria discriminatory on Thursday. the advertisement issued by the Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission (JSSC) for recruitment of over 17,500 graduate teachers at the high school level on the ground that one of its eligibility criteria.The court has allowed certain relaxations for those aspirants who could not fill the form on account of not meeting the eligibility criteria related to subject combinations. Sunil Mahto, one of the counsels for the petitioner said that their main demand was that the criteria for applying with regards to combination of subjects like history with political science was not correct. The relevant recruitment rules of 2015 do not provide that an aspirant should be graduate in a particular combination of subjects.In order to ensure that crucial vacancies were filled up, the government had declared 2016 as the year of appointments. Jharkhand government faces acute manpower shortage in various departments, including education. The exercise to fill 17,572 vacancies at the high school level was being seen as a major initiative in this regard.The advertisement for 17,572 vacancies was issued on December 27, 2016. However, this advertisement was opposed on account of the provision of negative marking, besides the eligibility criteria of having graduation in two subjects in a particular combination. the advertisement was modified and re-issued on February 4, 2017.The petitioners then approached the High Court, which stayed the process on March 28, 2017.
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