PU overlooks UGC norms, says they’re not binding

  • Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2014 07:44 IST

Clearing the air on whether marks can be awarded for minimum eligibility while hiring assistant professors, University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Prof Ved Prakash clarified that the same was against the UGC guidelines. Prof Prakash categorically maintained that no varsity should be overlooking this guideline while making the recruitment. He further said that no one except those with PhD under 2009 regulations could be exempted from NET.

Both these mandatory conditions are being overlooked by the Panjab University as authorities are awarding marks for the minimum qualifications. In gross violation of UGC guidelines, PU's syndicate and senate have made their own pro forma for hiring assistant professors. According to PU's pro forma, 10 marks each are awarded to those who are NET qualified or to those with PhD with course work. For those who are both PhD as well as NET qualified, a total of 15 marks are awarded.

Clarifying, Prof Ved Prakash said, “NET or PhD is the basic eligibility criteria for the post of assistant professor and as per UGC guidelines no marks can be awarded for the same. This guideline of UGC cannot be overruled by any varsity.”

"Only PhDs under 2009 regulations (with course work) can be exempted from appearing for NET,” added Prof Prakash.

Meanwhile, PU V-C Prof Arun Kumar Grover said, “We are an autonomous body and different varsities have different templates as per their needs. UGC states several things and we can't be following all.”

‘Stipend no more an issue’

Prof Prakash said the research scholars would not have to wait for their stipend and the same would now be credited to their accounts on the first day of every month. This has been a big issue where the research scholars at least at PU.

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