Jammu, November 10: Those who have applied for the posts of College Assistant Professors will now have to undergo a screening test in eight subjects in order to get posted due to higher number of applications as decided by Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC).
As per media reports, while doing recruitment for 1651 posts of Assistant Professors in various colleges, JKPSC will conduct screening tests of candidates with subjects including Business Admin, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Environment Sciences, Political Science, Sociology and Urdu but for the other 47 subjects taught in colleges, there would be no screening test and only interviews would be conducted.
An official of JKPSC while explaining the notification said that according to the criteria set by state government while making selections for various posts, if there are 100 posts and the applications are more than 350, then it is required to conduct screening test to shortlist candidates in the ratio of 1:3. Since now we have very high number of applications in the above mentioned subjects, the commission has now decided to conduct a screening test.
“The interviews for the post of Asst Prof in rest of the 47 subjects are likely to be started in the last week of November”, the official said.
The notification was confirmed by Shakeel-Ul-Rehman, Secretary JKPSC who said that the screening test would be conducted in eight subjects in the last week of December. He was also asked if screening test will be conducted after publication of deficiency notice, he said that the decision would be taken by the Commission and so far no decision has been taken.
An aspirant for the same post lamented that the number of applications became high after JKPSC advertised the posts of Assistant Professors twice.
“By filling forms twice, the number of applicants in many subjects might be high, so Commission must first issue deficiency list so that after scrutiny the exact number of applicants could be figured out and then call on screening test should be taken” the candidate pleaded.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Division bench of JK High Court chaired by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice BS Walia had upheld M.Phil degree as the eligibility for the post of Assistant Professors in college while hearing the Letters Patent Appeal (LPA) filed by Higher Education Department.
The bench has also 43 of these posts reserved till the final verdict of LPA comes.