The aspirants for the posts of Assistant Professors Tuesday accused J&K Public Service commission of making flawed amendments in recruitment rules. They claimed that amendments would leave candidates from J&K ineligible for ever.
A group of aggrieved aspirants said the PSC made amendments to Rule 51 of J&K PSC (Business & Procedure) Rules 1980 wherein candidates from open merit category are required to secure 57 qualifying points out of total weightage points earmarked for PSC assessment for short listing of candidates.
"As per the new rule, out of 100 marks the candidate should have 57 points in academics including PG, Phd Post doctorate experience and journals. This is absurd as candidates can't get 57 points given the academic standards of the state universities," the aggrieved aspirants said.
According to aspirants, the PSC after making amendments in rules have set 16 marks for research publication which earlier was only three. "But here in regional language like Kashmiri there is no national, international or UGC approved journal so far and being regional language no national / international conference could be held. This is another setback for us," the aspirants said.
"There is also no post doctorate degree being conducted in Kashmiri and Dogri languages in the state universities," aggrieved aspirants said.
Castigating PSC for making "flawed' rules, the aspirants said it was not possible for aspirants to publish 30 research papers in any national, international, UGC approved or other referred journals.
"Everyone here in the state is aware of the educational standards in our universities but PSC expects much from the aspirants. UGC in 2009 made some amendments to research guidelines but our universities failed to adopt them till 2011. Such is the standard of the state universities," the aspirant said.
The aspirants urged the J&K government and PSC to reduce publication points to three instead of 16 while as viva voce be increased to 40. "And publications be considered only up to the date of issuance advertisement notification by JKPSC and Cluster University of Kashmir," the aspirants said.
They said Cluster University Srinagar in its recruitment rules have also assigned maximum points to teaching experience which is mere injustice with the candidates who opted for research programme than working as contractual teachers.
"A scholar cannot do research programme and job simultaneously. Though PSC has assigned minimum points to teaching experience but they have included it in short listing which were usually calculated at the time of interview," they said.
They appealed the education minister Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to address their grievance
Secretary PSC, Sunita Anand when contacted stated that amendments were made by the commission not secretary. "Whatever has been done is decision of the Commission," she said.
Chairman PSC Lateef U Zaman Deva did not respond to repeated calls from this newspaper.