Dimapur, July 26 (MExN): The Nagaland NET(/PhD) Qualified Forum (NNQF) submitted a memorandum to the Commissioner Secretary and the Directorate of Higher Education, Nagaland seeking intervention on the revision of the eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor recruitment in the Higher Education Department through the Common Educational Services Examination (CESE), conducted by the Nagaland Public Service Commission.
According to a press release received here on Tuesday, the memorandum highlighted ‘limitations and inconsistencies,’ stating that it contradicts the right to free and fair competition, as well as the right to equal opportunity.
Among others, the NNQF noted that distribution of 40% mark weightage for the CESE is limited to marks scored by candidates from HSLC, HSSLC, BA and MA and “leaves out points that can be scored by candidates who are/had been actively engaged with the academia post the attainment of their Master’s degree.”
Accomplishments such as being conferred MPhil/PhD degree, publication of research papers in peer reviewed journals, having teaching experience, etc., which are pertinent to teaching in higher education are being presently excluded from the points scored in academic performance, leaving candidates at a very severe disadvantage, it stated.
It also maintained that the distribution of 40% from academic marks is “proving to be highly unequal for the varied aspirant population” as there are scoring differences between the candidates who qualified their Bachelor’s degree through the semester system and the annual system, and even among them colleges and universities. The academic journey of a person/candidate is different at all stages and academic marks cannot be the defining factor for his/her teaching competency, it further contended.
The memorandum also cited point 4.1.1 (Eligibility A) of the University Grants Commission regulations (July 2018) for recruitment of assistant professors in the disciplines of Arts, Commerce, Humanities, Education, Law, Social Sciences, Sciences, Languages, Library Science , Physical Education, and Journalism & Mass Communication, which states that “Master’s degree with 55% marks (or an equivalent grade in a point-scale wherever the grading system is followed) in a concerned/relevant/allied subject from an Indian University, or an equivalent degree from an accredited foreign university.”
It contended that the CESE has narrowed down the criteria to only masters in the relevant subject, thereby limiting the scope of competition and search for competency among candidates who have NET or PhD in the particular subject and master’s degree in allied subjects.
In this context, the NNQF appealed to the higher education authorities to initiate a more egalitarian approach to the CESE by including MPhil/PhD degree, academic publications in peer-reviewed journals and teaching experience as part of academic performance marking. It also sought modification of rules pertaining to marks scored by candidates in the annual/semester system, and appealed to the authorities to widen the scope of competition by including allied subjects as per the UGC Gazette.
“With the belief that the state Higher Education Department-Directorate has both the will and the power to amend the limitations and discrepancies that have arisen with the change of time, the NNQF appealed that action be taken on these issues before the commencement of the next CESE,” it added.
Meanwhile, the NNQF welcomed all NET and PhD qualified candidates to join the Forum and get in touch with the Forum at [email protected]