PIL seeking to ban campus recruitments made by PSUs, dismissed

Madras High Court: While dismissing the present
PIL seeking to ban campus recruitment’s and restrain the Central and State
Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) from taking part in campus interviews, the
Division Bench of S.K. Kaul, C.J. and T.S. Sivagnanam, J., held that, given the
current climate of competition, the process of campus recruitment is not
arbitrary and observed that the practice of campus recruitment’s has been in
existence for over a decade with no complaints being made against it. The Court
further stated that the colleges, especially IITs have ensured that the
students go through rigorous scheme of tests and interviews during the campus
recruitment process.

The petitioner M.Palanimuthu, a practicing lawyer, had filed the present PIL stating that there are
thousands of Graduate and Post Graduate students waiting for employment and, have
got themselves registered in the Government Employment Exchanges. However the PSUs
such as the respondents have started resorting to campus recruitment’s thereby
denying opportunities to the candidates who are already registered with the
Employment Exchanges and infringing their right to secure public employment.
The respondents on the other hand raised questions on the maintainability of
the petition contending that, campus interviews are a supplement to the
selection process of suitable candidates via All India Written Examinations,
and not a substitute to it.

On perusal of the contentions, the Court agreed with the
stand taken by the respondent that in the present age where the PSUs are in
constant competition with the multinational companies, the time tested method
of campus recruitments is highly feasible where they can get the talent from
the pool (respective institutions) itself. The Court further added that “catch
them early” as the underlying principle behind campus recruitment’s is not
arbitrary and does not infringe any Constitutional guarantees. [M. Palanimuthu
v. The Secretary to the Government, 2015 SCC OnLine Mad 7861, decided on 07-09-2015]  
Source: Legal news India