ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Misguided Solution

Misguided Solution IT appears from several news reports that those who already possess a PhD or MPhil degree have been exempted from writing the national selection test for lecturer positions upto December 1992 and December 1990 respectively. There is no mention of the status of those researchers who have taken their PhD/MPhil degrees or are continuing their research with a basic post-graduate degree with 50-55 per cent marks. This acquires importance because UGC has fixed 55 per cent fixed marks at Master's level as an essential precondition for even applying for lecturer posts. In tune with this policy the minimum eligibility for even applying to the test for selecting lecturers is also fixed at 55 per cent at PG level Further, even before the test gets under way many universities in the country would have started selecting candidates primarily on the basis of the 55 per cent criterion, totally ignoring MPhils and PhDs with marks below 55 per cent at the Master's level. It is surprising that even a fresh MA with 55 per cent marks would stand to gain compared to a PhD/MPhil holder who must have put in many more years of work, it is equally surprising that a person should be denied an academic career for the only reason that he docs not fulfil the 55 per cent criterion.

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