The recent order by JKPSC regarding ineligibility of those who have done PhD Before 2009 and conflicting stands taken by the University of Jammu /University of Kashmir about the same is making rounds in educated classes in the State. mThe candidates who have done PhD before 2009 claim they have followed UGC guidelines present at their time and could not carry out course work as it was not then part and parcel of PhD programme. They said that 2009 Minimum Standards Procedure regulations clearly mention that course work should be completed successfully before undertaking actual work for PhD which was introduced in Indian universities in 2011 so all those candidates who were admitted before 2011 were not able to do course work before actual research work making them as ineligible as others who completed before 2009 and if they have obtained 2009 MSP certificate by doing course work after actual research work then that MSP is as invalid as of those who have been awarded PhD before 2009 and got MSP certificate which have been rejected by JKPSC. They further claimed that it is very unlikely that students who were admitted in 2011 as per UGC guidelines would have completed PhD in 2013 after completing course work and their actual research work and other formalities in just two years thus making everyone who has done PhD ineligible for these posts. Incidentally, even today Kashmir University conducts only Entrance test for PhD and is not followed by interview which is mandatory as per UGC 2009 guidelines. The aspirants who have completed PhD before 2009 claimed that if 2009 MSP regulations are followed in letter and spirit, then no research scholar who has completed PhD and is seeking exemption from NET/ SLET on basis of UGC 2009 Regulations will remain eligible for these posts so they maintained that it is duty of government and JKPSC to find ways so that research scholars who spent 5-6 years of their life to get these degrees are not made ineligible for these posts. They further said that if 2009 MSP regulations are followed then it will raise question about relevance of appointment of teaching positions made by state universities /government from 2009 till date on the basis of PhD as equivalent to NET/SLET and their fate on being contrary to MSP 2009 regulations. They claimed that JKPSC is highlighting the judgment given by Hon’ble Supreme Court which negates equivalence of Thaygranjan Certificate (fulfilling minimum 6 out of 11 criteria of UGC guidelines, 2009) to UGC 2009 MSP certificate but do not look into the main reason given by Hon’ble Supreme Court that thaygranjan committee recommendation does not appear to have been given effect by UGC itself at that time and wondered as to how high court sought to give effect to said recommendations on its own. They claimed that recently UGC in its full meeting has recommended to Ministry of HRD for consideration of those who were awarded or admitted before UGC 2009 MSP implementation so commission and Government should take sympathetic action so that research students are not barred. They requested the JKPSC and state government to forthwith implement the SRO 438 for all advertised Posts and introduce written test for all subjects to be followed by interview for all candidates irrespective of their NET/ SLET or PhD Degree before or after 2009 so that competent and genuine candidates are recruited to ensure actual high standard of recruited teachers. The introduction of written test will further alleviate complaint of those applicants who blame the commission for giving 90% weight age to masters percentage which increases chances of short listing of those candidates who have done masters from private/ deemed universities outside the State. Further holding of Entrance test will end inconsistency in different subjects like biotechnology where applicants are many hundred and posts are few and will give every aspirant equal chance to perform in the entrance test irrespective of their percentage in masters. They claimed that when government is taking interest in conducting entrance test for Rehbare Taleem teachers who teach at primary level, is not it duty of government to conduct entrance test for assistant professors who teach at highest level so that standards of higher education are well maintained. They claimed that when Haryana Government can intervene to make PhD applicants who completed PhD before 2009 eligible for these posts, State Government should also take policy decision to make them eligible followed by written test for all aspirants so that actual high standards are maintained for the higher education system in the State.
2015 Kashmir Despatch