The beginning of the week has brought some hope for the pre-2009 qualified PhD holders, with chief minister Harish Rawat on Monday assuring the scholars that the government will look into their problems and find a middle path.
PhD scholars in the state who have earned their degrees before 2009 held a major protest on Sunday in the city demanding that they should be allowed to apply for ongoing recruitments on nearly 681 posts of guest faculty in degree colleges.
The scholars under the aegis of Uttarakhand PhD holders Association (UKPHA) were assured of a meeting with the CM on Sunday. Despite waiting for nearly three hours, the meeting did not take place.
It is learnt that on Monday two members of UKPHA met chief minister Rawat, MC Joshi, secretary, secondary education, and other higher education officials.
“We are happy that the CM himself has assured us that he will look into our problems so that some solution is reached as he does not want learned scholars from the state to move to other states looking for jobs. We have decided to wait for a week and give the government a chance to walk the talk, but after a week, if still nothing happens, we will start an indefinite agitation,” said a senior UKPHA member, who did not wish to be named.
The hiring for guest lecturers in degree colleges of the state is underway, but according to UGC regulations 2009 being cited by the state government, pre-2009 qualified PhD scholars cannot apply for teaching posts in degree colleges of the state without qualifying the National eligibility test (NET) or Uttarakhand State Eligibility Test (U-SET) . They also cannot be considered for appointment as assistant professors in the colleges.