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Indore: SET results to clear way for long-awaited asst prof exam


Indore: After declaration of State Eligibility Test (SET) results, the way is clear to conduct of long-awaited assistant professor’s exam, through which 2371 teaching posts lying vacant in government colleges would be filled. For SET, Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) on the instructions of Department of Higher Education (DHE) had cancelled exam for assistant professor posts scheduled for August 22 last year. On Thursday, MPPSC exam controller Sandhya Bhargava said that the SET results are ready and the same would be declared once scrutiny committee of the UGC approves them.

After a gap of 16 years, the MPPSC had invited applications for filling about 1,650 assistant professor’s posts in 2015 but the recruitment process was cancelled in September (same year) following some eligibility related issues. After that, the DHE had created more teaching posts which shot up to 2,371 posts in government colleges. These vacancies were again advertised last year by the MPPSC and exam was fixed on August 22. But the eligibility criteria decided for the post left thousands of PhD holders, who obtained their degrees before July 2009, disappointed as they are not eligible for the post.

This led to protests by them and on the directions of the State government, the MPPSC again cancelled exam for assistant professor’s post. The state government had also announced to conduct SET for those PhD holders who were not eligible for assistant professor’s post due to new recruitments norms fixed by the UGC. SET used to be held regularly in the state until 20 years ago when it was discontinued for the reasons best known to powers that be. However, this never became an issue until MPPSC invited applications for assistant professor’s posts last year. For assistant professor’s post, a candidate is required to either have NET qualification or should have taken PhD as per regulations-2009. SET qualified candidates are also eligible for the post of assistant professor only in the universities/ colleges situated in the state from where they have cleared their SET.

Thousands of PhD holders in the state, who had obtained PhD prior to 2009, staged protests against the government stating that if SET would have been conducted regularly in the state, many of them could have become eligible for the posts. As pressure mounted on the government, it suspended assistant professor’s exam stating that the same would be held after SET is conducted in the state. SET was conducted in February and now its results are awaited.

ADPO results declared

The MPPSC on Thursday declared results of additional district public prosecutor (ADPO)’s exams results on Monday. The written exam for filling up as many 251 ADPO’s positions was conducted in June last year. Since the results were awaited. The MPPSC on Thursday released the list of candidates selected against vacancies.

Three candidates disqualified

The MPPSC has disqualified as many as 14 candidates cleared civil service main exam-2016 for failing to provide academic and other documents within the prescribed limit. The MPPSC had sought copies of academic documents from candidates, who had cleared the main exam-2016 by March 13. One candidate provided the documents after the deadline passed and a dozen overlooked the directives failing which they have been disqualified. Now, these candidates would not be called for personal interviews, which is the final round of selection process. The exam-2016 was conducted for filling up 255 seats lying vacant in different departments.