Indore: After a gap of two decades, the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) has announced plans of conducting State Eligibility Test (SET), which makes government job aspirants eligible for assistant professor’s post in the state. As per MPPSC sources, the test would be conducted in 19 disciplines.

The MPPSC sources said that the UGC has given its nod for conduct of SET in 19 streams in the state. The application forms for the SET would be accepted from December 15 to January 5. The state government had discontinued annual SET about two decades ago, reasons best known to powers that be.

However, this never became an issue until the MPPSC last year invited applications for 2,371 assistant professor’s posts lying vacant in the government colleges. For assistant professor’s post, a candidate is required to either have NET qualification or should have taken PhD as per regulations-2009.

The SET qualified candidates are also eligible for 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, could not qualify for the assistant professor’s posts advertised.

They staged protests against the government stating that had they conducted State Eligibility Test regularly in the state many of them could have become eligible for the assistant professor’s post. As pressure mounted on the government, it suspended assistant professor’s exam scheduled to be held in August stating that the same would be conducted after SET is held in the state.

“We observed that many candidates in the state could not apply for assistant professor’s exam as SET was not conducted here. We suspended assistant professor exam with an announcement that the same will be conducted only after SET is held,” higher education minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya had said.

The state government had entrusted the responsibility of conducting State Eligibility Test on MPPSC. As the SET was discontinued without any reason, UGC had disapproved it. Now, the government has obtained permission of SET from UGC. The MPPSC stated that the dates of SET would be announced soon.

Earlier, the MPPSC had entrusted the responsibility of conducting SET on Vyapam but the UGC rejected the proposal after which the onus was shifted onto MPPSC.

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