PSC’s new screening criteria irks asst professor post aspirants

SRINAGAR: The aspiring candidates for the recently advertised assistant professor positions in the higher education department are miffed over the Public Service Commission’s decision to give 90 per cent weightage to post-graduation scores at the time of screening.
As per the new SRO, the recruitment agency Public Service Commission (PSC) would be giving 90 per cent weightage to post-graduation (PG) score of the candidates at the time of screening. The rule will apply to the subjects wherein the screening tests isn’t necessary due to the less number of applicants.
The candidates, however, argue that the rule puts degree holders from Kashmir University and other reputed institutions at a disadvantage while those with dubious degrees will be benefitted.
“The students of most dubious institutions and of lesser known universities qualify their PG with more than 85 per cent marks on an average. But the students from places like Kashmir University barely manage to get 60 to 70 per cent marks. The PSC has ignored this fact completely,” a group of candidates that visited Kashmir Reader said Wednesday.
“Due to this new rule, the PG degree holders from reputed institutions will be dropped while those from lesser known colleges and universities will make be eventually selected,” they added, calling the new rule as “detrimental” for the career of all the students and scholars of reputed institutions.
The candidates have appealed the government and the PSC to review the ordinance for making necessary amendments in it.
“If it is not done, we will be forced to think of legal means,” they said.