Srinagar: NET/SET & eligible Ph.D candidates Monday expressed anguish over the delay in the process of recruitment for the post of Assistant Professor in Higher Education Department by J&K Public Service Commission. An aggrieved delegation told CNS that In the year 2013 J&K Public Service Commission invited applications for Assistant Professor posts from the eligible candidates vide Notification Nos. 09-PSC (DR-P) of 2013 dated: 23/05/2013. The posts were later on withdrawn by the Higher Education Department. In the year 2014 the Department of Higher Education in compliance to the UGC rules made amendment in the recruitment rules for the appointment of Assistant Professors and referred about 1651 posts of Assistant Professors to the J&K Public Service Commission and following that J&K Public Service Commission again invited applications for the post of Assistant Professor from the eligible candidates vide Notification Nos. 12-PSC (DR-P) of 2014 dated: 29/05/2014 with an amendment in the recruitment rules.
They said that in June 2009 in order have a quality control and check on the Higher Education, The University Grants Commission came up a policy decision and framed certain rules and regulation for the award of Ph.Dand appointments in the Higher education system published in The Gazette Of India in September 18, 2010. The University Grants Commission asked all the stake holders to compliance in letter and spirit without any deviation and these regulations are in force till date.
They said after the High Court allowed the J&K Public Service Commission to go ahead with the recruitment of Assistant Professors in Higher Education Department, interviews of some subjects viz. English, Physics, Mathematics etc. were conducted. In the meantime the JKPSC asked the aspirants who have applied on the basis of having Ph.D degree as their eligibility, to get a certificate from the Controller of their respective Universities that their Ph.D has been awarded in accordance with the Minimum Standards & Procedures for the Evaluation and Award of Ph.D degree 2009.
The aspirant said that It is not the matter of only J&K State but the whole country is doing recruitment according to the UGC regulations 2009. In the month of June 2015 UGC clearly replied to the Utter Pradesh Higher Education Commission vide letter No.F.10-2/2012(PS)VIP(Ref.) Dated: 19th June 2015 that the UGC Regulations 2009 are in force and there should be no deviation from these rules. Recently Haryana Public Service Commission, Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission, National Institute Of Technology Srinagar, Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi, DAV College University of Delhi and others also advertised the post of Assistant Professors in which the eligibility criteria is strictly as per the UGC guidelines.
There are about 8000 NET/SET qualified candidates who have applied for the post Assistant Professor in Higher Education department through J&K Public Service Commission and there has been an unnecessary delay in the recruitment process by the J&K PSC. It has been learnt from sources that Higher Education Department has asked the J&K Public Service Commission to halt the recruitment process which amounts to gross violation to the UGC rules and SRO 124 of Higher Education.
Due to the delaying tactics by the J&K Public Service Commission, the standard of Higher Education is declining day by day in our state as the efficient Human Resource is lacking in our colleges. The students who are the future of our state in particular and country in general are suffering at the behest of these unnecessary delaying tactics. (CNS)
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