After a lull of more than a decade, Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) has signaled at conducting State Eligibility Test (SET), which makes government job aspirants eligible for assistant professor’s post in their respective state, in the last week of December. “We are thinking of holding SET in December end.
Though, the date has not been finalised as yet, the test is likely to be conducted after December 25,” said RR Kanhere, exam controller of MPPSC. The state government had discontinued annual SET about 12 years ago, reasons best known to powers that be.
However, this never became an issue until MPPSC last year invited applications for 2371 assistant professor’s posts lying vacant in government colleges in the state. For assistant professor’s post, a candidate is required to either have NET qualification or should have taken PhD as per regulations-2009.
SET qualified candidates are also eligible for the post of assistant professor only in the universities/ colleges situated in the state from where they have cleared their SET. Thousands of PhD holders in the state, who had obtained PhD prior to 2009, could not qualify for the assistant professor’s posts advertised.
They staged protests against government stating that had they conducted State Eligibility Test regularly in the state many of them could have become eligible for the assistant professor’s post. As pressure mounted on the government, it suspended assistant professor’s exam scheduled to be held in August stating that the same would be conducted after SET is held in the state.
An officer of the Commission wishing anonymity said: “The Department of Higher Education has asked us to hold SLET from this year onwards. We will prepare for the SLET once we are provided with syllabus.”
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The officer also stated that SLET would be held on the lines of National Eligibility Test (NET).
The state government had entrusted the responsibility of conducting State Eligibility Teston MPPSC. As the SET was discontinued without any reason, UGC had disapproved it. Now, the government has reportedly again obtained permission of SET from UGC.
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