In a new twist to the appointment of Assistant Professors in Higher Education Department (HED), the Public Service Commission (PSC) has asked the aspiring PhD degree holders to get their degrees certified by the concerned universities from where the degree has been acquired.
The PSC has asked the candidates to submit the certificate authenticating the date of registration under Ph.D programme and date of implementation of UGC (MSP) Regulation, 2009 by the concerned University from where such degree has been acquired.
"The documents should be submitted by or before January 15 failing which the candidature shall be deemed to have been rejected ab initio," reads a notification issued by PSC.
Earlier the candidates, who applied for the posts of Assistant Professors in HED on basis of having acquired Ph.D degrees, were informed to submit a certificate of having been awarded Ph.D degree in accordance with UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedures for awards of Ph.D Degree) Regulation, 2009 as laid down in the JK Higher Education Gazetted) Service Recruitment Rules, 2014.
The circular issued by PSC has fumed the P.hD degree holders who have completed their P.hD degree prior to 2009 however have been given the certificates as per the MSP 2009 regulations by the Kashmir University (KU).
"If Kashmir University has issued MSP certificate in our favor there is no need to get it authenticated. Let PSC take up the matter with HED and the respective university to verify the certificates," a delegation of aggrieved scholars told Greater Kashmir.
Following the selection for the posts Assistant Professors the state universities issued the MSP certificates to the scholars who have completed their PhD degrees prior to the MSP 2009 regulation.
However, Jammu University earlier, issued the cancellation of the certificates issued to the P.hD awardees issued as per the recommendations of Prof S P Thyagarajan Committee for issuance of equivalence certificates. "The Jammu University quashed their certificates because they were based on 6 out of 11 points set by the UGC," P.hD scholars said, adding that KU has issued the MSP certificates based on 11 points in compliance with the UGC guidelines. "If Jammu University has not followed the criteria set by UGC, why should be the KU scholars discriminated."
In June 2009 UGC issued a notification that NET and SET degree would be set as eligibility criteria for any recruitment in Higher Education Department (HED) and the candidates who completed P. hD as per 2009 regulation and don't have NET or SET degree would be exempted from the criteria.
Later in March this year Supreme Court ordered that all the recruitment in HED would be done in accordance with 2009 regulations.
A top official in KU said certificates were issued to the scholars having obtained P.hD degrees prior to 2009 regulations in a bid to give a favor to the candidates.
"The certificates were unethically issued after receiving pressure from different quarters," a top official said.
Meanwhile, KU Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi said they won't withdraw the certificates issued in favor of P.hD scholars.
"Now PSC has asked the candidates to authenticate the date of registration under Ph.D programme and date of implementation of UGC (MSP) Regulation, 2009 by the University," he said.
Secretary Higher education Department, Sarita Chauhan put the ball in the court of university to examine the certificates issued to the P.hd scholars depending on the eligibility of the candidates.
"Scholars who are affected can be considered depending upon when the university adopted the UGC norms," Chauhan said, adding that the cross verification of the certificates was to be done by the higher education department.
"We have informed the PSC Chairman that the verification of the certificates was the job of the department which would be done later," she said.