PSC will not accept ‘Equivalence Certificate’ of candidates for the posts of APs

Jammu, January 06: In another decision made by the state Public Service Commission (PSC), the “equivalence or general certificate” which does not connote the awards of PhD degree under the UGC Regulation 2009 will not be accepted.

The decision has been made after the Jammu University’s goof-up and has left hundreds of candidates who have applied for the posts of assistant professor in degree colleges puzzled. However, the candidates shortlisted for interview which is to be held from January 7 to 10 will be allowed to appear with a rider that they would have to produce a document containing the date of registration under PhD programme and date of implementation of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedures for awards of MPhil/PhD Degree) Regulation, 2009 by January 15.

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A local daily has reported that the Jammu University had initially issued equivalence certificate to around 400 candidates which made them eligible to apply for posts advertised by primarily J&K Public Service Commission and elsewhere but later after the judgment of Apex court, it had recalled all such certificates on January 02.

As per the notification issued by Jammu University, the judgment given by Supreme Court of India nullified the recommendations of Prof RS Thyagarajan of issuing equivalence certificates. The matter has been deliberated and it has been concluded that the university has no option, but to recall all these certificates issued for pre-2009 candidates. Hence, the applicants who have applied for the post of Assistant Professors with “equivalence certificate” become ineligible for the interviews to be conducted by the PSC.

Also, the PSC notified a written document on Tuesday stating, “The issue was examined in the light of recent developments and it was decided not to accept equivalence/general certificates issued by the University of Jammu and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, except those which connote the awards of PhD degree under the UGC Regulations of 2009, which shall apply mutatis mutandis to all the candidates having been awarded PhD degree by other universities, including state universities.”

The commission further said that the candidates who had applied for the posts of assistant professor in the Higher Education Department on the basis of being in possession of PhD degree will be required to submit the documents comprising date of registration under the PhD programme and date of implementation of the UGC Regulation, 2009, by the university from where such degree had been acquired.

“The documents shall be entertained only if issued by the designated/competent authority of the university concerned. However, for the candidates whose interview schedule has been notified from January 7 to January 10, it has been decided that in case they are not in a position to submit these documents by January 10 or at the time of interview may furnish an undertaking at the time of interview that they shall submit the same by January 15, failing which their candidature shall be deemed to have been rejected ab initio,” the notification further said.

The report suggests that the commission has issued this notification on the basis of the decision of Jammu University to recall these certificates. The shortlisted candidates are of the view that by doing this JU has put their future on stake.

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