HC Deb 04 December 1906 vol 166 cc745-6

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether Mr. E. Candler, formerly a newspaper correspondent, who was on 21st September appointed temporarily to be a member of the Indian educational service, has now been appointed to be principal of the Maharajah's College in the Patiala State and, if so, whether he has given his sanction to this appointment, in view of the rule which prohibits the employment of any European in an Indian native state without such sanction; whether the appointment was offered to any of the distinguished University graduates, Indian and European, who are permanent members of the Indian educational service; and whether, seeing that the Patiala College has been for the past seventeen years in charge of a highly qualified Indian principal who has occupied the post with credit, and also that no reason has been publicly assigned for his supersession, he will state why the appointment of a gentleman, by profession a journalist, to this important educational office, has been permitted.


I am aware that there was a proposal to appoint a European graduate to the Mohindar College, Patiala, but I do not know if Mr. Candler (who is a graduate of the University of Cambridge) is the person selected. It is in the competence of the Government of India to sanction the employment of Europeans in native states.