​PhD holders cry foul, say UGC norms being twisted as per convenience in the state

Uttarakhand PhD holders’ association (UPHA) alleged that UGC norms were being flouted in the state.

The association claimed that those who had completed their PhD before 2009 were not being given jobs as assistant professors or guest faculty in various colleges. The body further said that the standard UGC norm of not having more than 10% recruitment of teachers on contractual basis was not being followed. Association members held a meeting on Sunday at the Uttaranchal press club and spoke on the alleged favoritism being practiced in the recruitments process. The agitated members have also threatened a nation-wide protest, wherein unemployed PhD holders from various states UP, West Bengal would return their degrees.

“We are easily getting jobs in Haryana, Delhi, Punjab and few other states, then why not in our own state. If the government does not do something to address the issue, it will only lead to migration of well-educated minds to other states. If the CM is as concerned as he shows, he can at least adjust us in other works in Gairsain or other departments of inter colleges” said Pramod Sati, an aggrieved PhD degree holder, who was present at the meet.

Speaking to TOI, Veerendra Bartwal, UPHA media-incharge said, “The education minister, the education department and the state government is playing games with us and are twisting UGC norms as per their own convenience. The contractual hiring of teachers is being done completely against UGC norms. As per UGC norms, more than 10% contractual hiring of teachers is not allowed, whereas as per the data with us, in Uttarakhand the contractual hiring is over 80%. We are even thinking of approaching the court on the matter.”

As TOI had earlier reported, nearly 8000 PhD holders have been impacted due to the state government citing the UGC regulation of not allowing pre-2009 PhD holders to hold positions of assistant professors/guest teachers in the state. The PhD holders have been barred from taking any such positions without qualifying for National eligibility test (NET) or Uttarakhand State Eligibility Test (U-SET)

Bartwal added this particular clause of qualifying NET or U-SET came around June 2009 and hence there was no reason for it to be applicable for those who had completed their PhD before that date.

UPHA’s Garhwal Mandal head, Devendra Rawat said, “Despite showing the requisite documents to CM Harish Rawat and also telling him how other states had pre-2009 PhD holders as guest faculty, our candidature was not included in the state for the same. Our demands have been ignored. We don’t know why the chief minister of the state has not intervened in the injustice being meted out to nearly 8000 PhD holders.”

News Courtesy: The Times of India

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