The Higher Education Department (HED) is working to draw new recruitment rules for the selection of Assistant Professor in Government Degree Colleges in J&K. It can be fairly expected that PhD degree could be demanded in candidates who want to apply for the posts and not the National Eligibility Test or State Level Eligibility Test (NET/SLET).
Earlier, the HED forwarded 344 posts of Assistant Professors (APs) and Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) to Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) without sending the recruitment rules. The department is working to frame Gazetted Recruitment Rules based on UGC guidelines and are being finalized.
Sources said that these new rules will replace the existing gazetted recruitment rules. Minimum eligibility demanded in candidates will be replaced from the National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) to PhD for the post of Assistant Professor.
According to the sources, candidates would have to show eligibility for applying to the posts of Assistant Professors in GDCs of Jammu and Kashmir set according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.
Sources said that according to recruitment rules, the Higher Education Department has also thought about giving weightage to marks for Class-10th, 12th, Graduation, Post-Graduation and other higher qualifications. However, there were concerns if weightage to the marks of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) should be given.
New rules state that Doctor of Philosophy will be given a weightage of 30 marks, while M.Phil candidates will get 8 marks. Thus, a candidate who has both M.Phil and PhD degrees would get 38 marks but a directly enrolled PhD student will only be eligible for 30 marks. The PhD aspirants have objected to this weightage rule. Directly enrolled PhD candidates were demanding that they should also be given 38 marks. If not then they would automatically slip from the merit list.
Sources further added that the Higher Education Department is also discussing the method of finalizing marks for NET/SLET and JRF. The department is working on all aspects to frame rules in accordance with the rules prevailing across the country. The recruitment rules are expected to be forwarded soon and recruitment process would start then.