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J&K Universities oppose Govt’s order to start selection of Asst Proffessors

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Jammu and Kashmir

JAMMU, Apr 4:The State Government has asked the J&K Public Service Commission to go ahead with the process of selection to the post of Assistant Professor as per the existing eligibility norms, thus depriving the candidates having acquired PhD degrees, prior to June 2009, from getting shortlisted for the interview.

A decision to resume the recruitment process was taken during a meeting, held under the chairmanship of Advisor to the Governor, Parvez Dewan and attended by Commissioner/Secretary, Higher Education, Sarita Chauhan; Secretary JKPSC, Shakil-ul-Rehman; Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University Prof R D Sharma and Dean Research of KU, Prof Javaid Ahmad Sheikh.

Even as Vice-Chancellor JU as well as Dean Research KU reiterated that it was the issue of eligibility of all the PhD Degree holders, who have either registered or completed the PhD before June 2009 and do not have NET qualification, the State should wait for recommendations of the Nigavekar Committee, which were expected within days, their suggestion was overruled by the Government representatives, particularly the PSC Secretary.

In support of the opinion of both the universities, Prof R D Sharma was learnt to have also conveyed that the process of selection was also not being held in many States which have been awaiting the decision on the recommendations of the Committee on eligibility issue.

However, the Secretary PSC was of the opinion that the process started by the JKPSC involves screening of a large number of candidates (more than 8500 candidates) and there are sufficient number of candidates available for the 1651 posts for which the selection process is to be conducted. The PSC was also of the opinion that the process has been held up for long and therefore, it should be now concluded as per the existing rules / norms /eligibility criteria.

The present situation is that the Supreme Court Order of March 2015, in which it has upheld the regulations of UGC, NET/SLET/SET, is the minimum eligibility criteria and there is no further direction from the UGC on the eligibility criteria.

Confirming the above decisions taken in the meeting, the PSC Secretary Shakeel-ur-Rehman, told Excelsior that they will now issue the selection lists after giving a final deadline to the MSPs. He said that if any candidate fails to produce MSP certificate then his candidature shall be rejected. “Furthermore, we are ready for carrying on the recruitment process,” the PSC Secretary added.

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