After the Supreme Court declared the CMJ University-Shillong (Meghalaya) degrees void, the credentials' value is zero for Punjab School Education Recruitment Board.
While hiring, it wouldn't give any credit to the CMJ University degree, the board's assistant director on Tuesday conveyed to local lawyer HC Arora that. It was in reply to his legal notice on November 15 to the Punjab education department, which had mentioned the apex-court judgment.
On September 13, the Supreme Court had delivered its verdict, and Arora wanted the degrees of faraway universities examined carefully before the marking of credit. He demanded no 10% extra credit for the MPhil, and MA degrees of the Meghalaya institution.
Subsequently, Punjab School Education Recruitment Board formed eight hiring committees to check the credentials of 1,300 candidates it had invited. At least 39 candidates had degrees from CMJ University.
Many distance-education degrees were for subjects that the universities concerned were not authorised to teach under the programme. Those degrees, though issued by institutions recognised by University Grants Commission, are also void.
"The scrutiny of documents regarding the recruitment of 5,078 rural associate teachers is complete, and merit is now to be prepared. The subcommittees will award marks only for the degrees obtained from the UGC-recognised universities and follow the Supreme Court judgment," the board's letter issued on December 3 conveyed to lawyer Arora.