Kupwara, June 16: Scores of MPhil degree holders from Jammu & Kashmir are up in arms against authorities for not rendering any weightage to their degrees for which they have spent almost two years.
According to the recently notified rules by Public Service Commission (PSC) for the post of Assistant Professor in Higher Education department, a PhD degree holder shall get 38 points while as, a candidate with both PhD and MPhil shall also get 38 points which according to aspirants is injustice and discriminatory to them because they feel a candidate having both PhD and MPhil should get some extra points other than those having only PhD.
They said that if candidates with NET, SET and JRF are being given due weightage to secure teaching job in Higher Education Department then why Public Service Commission (PSC) has deprived them of any weightage to their hard earned degree. “We are unable to figure out that why Public Service Commission (PSC) has kept additional points for JRF when it is not a degree but a way to provide financial support to those who want to pursue a research program without taking any job,” said Sayar Ahmad Mir a PhD research scholar at MANUU Hyderabad.
“On the other side MPhil has been left out from the ambit of weightage when it has taken us two precious years, money and energy to attain the degree and more importantly we have sought admission under proper regulations of University Grants Commission (UGC),” he added. “Online certificate courses of MOOCS and SWAYAMPRABHA which takes only two months to complete earn a candidate two points but to our utter shock MPhil does not fetch us points anymore,” Tariq Hyder a research scholar at DAVV Indore.
“Even central and some state universities run fellowship programs for MPhil but to PSC authorities that do not matter. Let they come clear on what basis weightage to MPhil has been discarded if earlier an MPhil degree holder would get 3 points,” said Dr Asif Rasheed. They said that according to New Education Policy although MPhil has been discontinued from 2020 but those candidates who have attained MPhil prior to that should not be deprived of three points which they used to get at PSC level.
They said that for academic arrangements at college level they would get three points but now they are also being deprived of that due to which most of the candidates who have been working as contractual lectures have become jobless. “I fail to understand that when same MPhil degree has earned Assistant Professor posts for many candidates in previous recruitments then why are we being deprived of any weightage for our degree,” said a PhD research scholar.
“I belong to a very poor family and for my MPhil studies I have taken loan from bank but see how strange it is that the weightage of my degree has been ceased and I am still paying instalments to bank,” he added. They sought immediate intervention of LG administration so that their genuine grievance is meted out.