Selection for Asst Prof: PhD holders seek clarity on UGC order

While the Public Service Commission (PSC) is going ahead with fast-track recruitment of over 1600 posts of Assistant Professors in the Higher Education Department, the PhD degree holders have been left high and dry over possession of certificate of Minimum Standards and Procedures (MSP) Rules 2009.

In June 2009 UGC issued a notification that NET and SET degree would be set as eligibility criteria for any recruitment in Higher Education Department (HED) excluding those having completed their PhD degrees as per the 2009 UGC regulations.

In March this year Supreme Court ordered that all the recruitment in HED would be done in accordance with 2009 regulations. “SC ordered that NET and SET would be the eligibility while as the candidates who completed PhD as per 2009 regulation and don’t have NET or SET degree would be exempted from the criteria,” officials said.

However, following the selection for the posts by PSC, PhD degree holders in general submitted their forms following which they were asked by the PSC to get the certificate of MSP from their respective universities to justify their degrees have been awarded in accordance with 2009 UGC regulation.

Under MSP 2009 regulations PhD holders should fulfil 11 criteria set by UGC including that admissions should have been done by entrance test or interview under eight Supervisors while as the scholars should submit Pre-PhD presentation before synopsis submission and publication of at least one paper before submission of thesis.

Following the selection for the posts Assistant Professors the state universities have also issued the MSP certificates to the scholars who have completed their PhD degrees prior to the MSP 2009 regulation.

However Jammu University, as per the recommendations of Prof. S P Thyagarajan Committee for issuance of equivalence certificates, has withdrawn its certificates issued to the PhD awardees and terminated them abinitio for implementation.

“Whereas the matter has been deliberated and it has been concluded that University has no option but to recall all these certificates issued for pre-2009 candidates,” reads a notification issued by Dean Research Jammu University.

However the aspirants have contested the move saying that the regulation came into force in July 2009 wherein the UGC had resolved that the regulations would have prospective effect and the candidates who have either obtained or registered for PhD degree on or before December 31 of 2009 shall remain exempted from the requirement of NET degree.

“Universities could have followed the regulations in totality prior to enforcement of 2009 regulations. These posts in 2013 were advertised after a gap of five years and today more than seven years have passed and those students who have obtained their eligibility for all these years of hard work have found themselves ineligible,” a delegation of PhD degree holders said.

Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University (KU) Prof. Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi said every university would go as per the SC guidelines. “Jammu University has withdrawn certificates to those candidates who only fulfil 6 out of 11 regulations,” he said, adding that KU might have also issued the MSP certificates to the candidates who fulfil all the regulations. “I will get in touch with Dean Research on this issue.

News Courtesy: Greater Kashmir

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