Aspiring assistant professors in Madhya Pradesh found their wait for job further prolonging after the government yet again postponed the recruitment test, but there is a silver lining this time.
While several candidates have been in the queue for almost a quarter century, there is good news for those who got a PhD degree before 2009.
New rules the University Grants Commission (UGC) formulated this summer exempt candidates who registered for M.Phil/PhD programme before July 11, 2009 from clearing the NET and SLET—the national and the state-level eligibility tests—to apply as assistant professors in colleges and universities.
Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC), which has been given the task to conduct the online test, was scheduled to hold it on August 28 to employ 2,371 assistant professors in the state’s government colleges. That exercise—it aimed to fill up 768 backlog vacancies, 916 vacant posts and 687 new posts—has now been postponed.
It’s the third time the MPPSC’s recruitment test has been postponed in the past two years.
“There will be fresh application invited for the test,” Ashish Upadhyaya, principal secretary (department of higher education), told HT. “The new advertisement will alter the eligibility rules in accordance to the UGC guidelines.”
Earlier, in 2014, the MPPSC, which invited applications for the recruitment process, cancelled the test, citing certain rules. Then, in February this year, applications were invited—but only from those who qualified NET/SLET and candidates who did PhD according UGC’s 2009 regulations.
“Now, the competition will be tougher as more applicants become eligible for the test,” Upadhyaya said. “The aspirants who have done PhD before 2009, too, are eligible with certain rules and regulations.”
The applications for August 28 recruitment test had been invited according to the 2009 regulations of the UGC. It was after the last date of filing the application on April 28 the authorities received a letter citing changes in the rules that were ratified on April 13. Hence the deferment.
For some in the queue, the wait has been on for 24 years—right from the time PV Narasimha Rao was the prime minister and Sunderlal Patwa was the state’s chief minister.
The tantalising experience apart, the job aspirants have a fresh ray of hope now.
The MP Guest Lecturers Association said many of its members saw the chance of a permanent job. “The gap of more than two decades in the recruitment test has created unemployment for many who want to make a secure career in teaching,” said Devraj Singh, president of the organisation.
According to new rules, the aspirants have to fulfil certain conditions. The doctorate degree should be awarded in regular mode. The thesis should have been evaluated by at least two external examiners. They have published at least two papers based on the PhD thesis in research journals. The aspirants should also have made at least two presentations at conferences or seminars.