Srinagar: In a violation of norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST) has changed the basic qualification from post-graduation to graduation for the post of Assistant Professor in computer science.
The university on May 2, 2018, advertised recruitment for a few posts vide advertisement number 01 of 2018. One among the posts was Assistant Professor in computer science. The essential qualification for the post was as per the norms prescribed by UGC, that of a post-graduate degree along with qualification of the National Eligibility Test (NET) or a PhD degree. However, the varsity re-notified the advertisement on May 7, 2018, changing the essential qualification for the post to simply a bachelor’s degree.
“The eligibility criteria laid down in re-notified advertisement has been changed from PG to UG and the candidate must have the graduation as either BTech or BE Computer Science,” said a candidate.
Some candidates who have applied for the post have alleged that the change in essential qualification was meant to favour certain lesser-qualified candidates.
Vice Chancellor SKAUST, Prof Nazeer Ahmed, said that the qualification advertised is only the “basic minimum qualification” and that only PhD holders would be selected for the assistant professor posts.