Assistant Professors in HED | Delay in MSP certificates puts selection on hold

The selection process of assistant professors in Higher Education Department (HED) initiated by J&K Public Service Commission (PSC) has got stuck midway due to the delay caused by the concerned state universities in clearing the ambiguity over the relevance of Minimum Standard Procedure (MSP) certificates obtained by the Ph.D degree holders from such varsities.
Assistant Professors in HED | Delay in MSP certificates puts selection on hold
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The selection process of assistant professors in Higher Education Department (HED) initiated by J&K Public Service Commission (PSC) has got stuck midway due to the delay caused by the concerned state universities in clearing the ambiguity over the relevance of Minimum Standard Procedure (MSP) certificates obtained by the Ph.D degree holders from such varsities.

The candidates, who had applied for the posts of assistant professors on basis of Ph.D degrees, were informed to submit a certificate of having been awarded the degree in accordance with UGC's MSP Regulations-2009 as laid down in the JK Higher Education (Gazetted) Service Recruitment Rules, 2014.

In June 2009, the University Grants Commission set post graduation with NET or SET degree as eligibility criteria for any recruitment in HED excluding those having completed their Ph.D degrees as per the 2009-UGC Regulations. Later, in March 2015, Supreme Court ordered that all the recruitment in HED would be done in accordance with the Regulations.

Following the selection of assistant professors, the state universities issued MSP certificates to the scholars who had completed their Ph.D degrees prior to the 2009-Regulations.

Later, the Jammu University and Kashmir University withdrew all the MSP certificates following which the aggrieved candidates approached the High Court.

A bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey passed interim direction to PSC for allowing the candidates to appear in the interview while as the universities were directed to accord consideration for issuing the certificates to the eligible candidates within a week.

However, the aspiring candidates who claim to have completed their Ph.D degrees as per 2009-Regulations said their selection was delayed due to 'interference of the state universities.'

They have appealed the Governor to intervene into the matter and direct the authorities to expedite the selection process.

Secretary PSC, Shakeel-Ul-Rehman Rather said they have halted the selection process due to the delay by universities in issuing MSP certificates.

"Interim directions were passed to universities to issue certificates in week's time but month passed since then and they didn't issue the certificates yet. So we can't issue the selection list," he said.

Dean Academic Affairs Kashmir University, Prof M Ashraf Wani said KU and JU would submit the proposal to UGC and get the eligibility criteria verdict cleared from them in coming days.

"Both the Universities will take up the matter with UGC. We have requested PSC to hold the selection list and only conduct interview of the candidates," he said.

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