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October 05, 2016

Recruitment rule changes irk UGC officials

Recruitment rule changes irk UGC officials

A change in recruitment rules has created resentment in the University Grants Commission (UGC), resulting in more than 15 officers giving a representation to the secretary of the higher education regulator requesting that it be either amended or kept in abeyance.
Officers, who even plan to knock the doors of HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, allege that the new recruitment rules notified in August could create a chasm between direct recruits at the level of deputy secretaryjoint secretary and promotees.

For instance, the aggrieved officers said, the new recruitment rules require a first class masters degree to be promoted to deputy secretary. They said a large number of under secretaries and education officers in the UGC had PhD but did not have first class in post-graduation.

“They cannot be promoted now as deputy secretary,“ an officer said, and pointed out that UGC had prescribed 55% in post-graduation for assistant professors.

For the position of joint secretary , the requirement says a person should have “doctorate in any discipline with first or second class masters degree“.

An officer said, “This cri teria means that someone who is not eligible for deputy secretary either through di rect recruitment or through promotion due to second class in masters can become eligible for the post of joint secretary .“

Another problem with the new recruitment rules officers said, was capping the age (45 years, relaxable up to five years) for promo tion for the position of depu ty secretary .

Panel to address IIT vacancy issue

HRD ministry on Tuesday set up a three member committee to suggest measures to ensure there are no vacancy in admission in IITs and other central government funded technical institutes.

The committee, headed by IIT Kharagpur director Partha Pratim Chakraborty, will give its report in three weeks time. This year at the end of joint counselling, there were 73 vacancies in IITs, 1174 in central government funded technical institutions and 1518 in NITs. TNN

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