IMPHAL, October 25: The Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur has appealed to the concerned authorities to postpone the screening test for the recruitment of Assistant Professors to be conducted by MPSC on October 27 asking to conduct the test after clearing all the confusion and issues of the candidates.
DESAM president Moirangthem Angamba along with around 20 rejected candidates of the said recruitment exam called a press conference today at the student organisation`™s office at Keishampat.
Angamba said the MPSC had issued a notification on December 15, 2014 for the recruitment of 240 vacant posts of Assistant Professors in 28 government colleges in the State.
However, due to some confusion in the essential qualification for the posts around 600 candidates have been rejected, he said.
One of the essential qualifications for the said recruitment exam is for candidates to be NET or SLET or SET qualified, Angamba said.
At the same time some candidates have been rejected because they had received their PhD degrees before 2009, when the UGC had issued a regulation regarding PhD degrees, he said.
On October 19 this year, the MPSC issued another notice saying that those candidates who received PhD before 2009 can appear in the exam after submitting a compliance certificate before October 24, Angamba further said.
Those candidates approached the Manipur University for compliance certificate but Manipur University denied giving compliance certificate to them saying that before 2009 no entrance test as well as no course work was conducted for PhD, so the people who were awarded PhD before 2009 cannot be treated like the people who have been awarded PhD after 2009, he said.
Now what the rejected candidates want is for the State government to make some rules and regulation to allow them to appear for the said exam like the way it is done in other states like Kerala, Mizoram, Nagaland, Guwahati University etc, he said.
These States have made some rules and relegation and allowed candidates who have been awarded PhD before 2009 to appear in Assistant Professor Recruitment exams without appearing NET or SLET or SET, he said.
Why in Manipur there is no such initiative?, he questioned.
They should be allowed to appear in the exam by making rules and regulation like in the other States, DESAM president Angamba demanded.
If not these candidates right to appear in the exam will be violated, he added.
Meanwhile around 35 candidates who appeared in the recruitment exam for Assistant Professor of Education were rejected as they have done their master degree in Education.
But according to UGC`™s latest rule and regulation, MA in any subject, MSc, MCom with MEd should be treated as equivalent with MA in Education degree holders for appearing in the Assistant Professor for Education, Angamba said.
In the NET exam also these candidates appear in the Education as well as NCTE also treats MEd and MA in Education as equivalent.
This simply means that the rejection is not reasonable and they should be allowed these candidates to appear in the recruitment exam, he added.