HC Deb 22 February 1883 vol 276 cc575-6

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether he is aware that, by a Memorandum of the Indian Engineering College at Cooper's Hill, the Professor of Physics is required to be a Pro- testant, and is required "to attend morning Chapel and Sunday Service with reasonable regularity;" whether it is true that, whilst these conditions are attached to the appointment, no mention was made of the fact in a recent advertisement announcing the vacancy of the Professorship; whether similar conditions are attached to the appointment of other Professors in the College; and, whether they have been brought under the notice of the Secretary of State, and have not been disallowed by him?


Sir, I am sorry to say that the facts of the case are correctly represented by my hon. Friend. The Memorandum in question was brought to the notice of the Secretary of State before any appointment had been sanctioned; and an advertisement was at once issued from the India Office inviting further applications for the post up to the 31st of March, and stating that "the appointment will not be subject to any requirements in respect of religious tenets or observances." No conditions as to religious requirements have been required of any of the Professors in the College.