Lucknow: The Education Department of Uttar Pradesh is in a dilemma over the recruitment of 1.22 lakh teachers in the district board schools. Since the applicants with requisite degrees from outside states have also applied in large numbers, the SCERT has sought opinion from Law department about their candidature.

The BEd, BPEd and DPED holders approached the High Court in 2007 after they were not included in the Basic Teaching Course (BTC) selection process. The court had then ordered the state government to consider their candidature.

In the year 2008 also, the applicants from other states were not included in the recruitment of special BTC exams, they approached the High Court, and were allowed to take the examination by the court order in 2010.

Challenging the HC order, the state government later filed a petition in the Supreme Court which accepted the plea but refused to quash the HC order.

Meanwhile, the candidates from other states have started filing contempt petitions in the Apex Court.

In such a condition, State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has sought an opinion on what should be done when the SC has refused to dismiss the High Court orders.

The education department has asked the legal department whether it should include non-state candidates in the selection process, as per the High Court directions, or shall it wait for the Supreme Court’s decision.