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M Phil degree holders question Dispur on lapse in white paper

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 3: All Assam M Phil Degree Holders’ Association (AAMPHA) has questioned Dispur as to why it has made no provision for M. Phil degree holders in its white paper published on February 27 on povincialization of services of employees of educatiol institutions under Assam Venture Educatiol Institutions (Provincialization of Sevice) Act, 2011.

AAMPHA president Amarjyoti Bordoloi and secretary Abu Bakkar Siddique said in a statement issued today that the white paper mentioned only NET, SLET and Ph.D. as the requisite qualifications for degree college teachers. “However, M. Phil is also such a degree. Under the Assam Venture Education Institution (Provincialization of Services) Amendment Act, 2012 the services of as many as 89 M. Phil degree holder college teachers were provincialized by bringing them under the UGC on June 2, 2012. Those were off-campus posts. This apart, on April 12, 2016 the HRD Ministry made it clear that M Phil degree holders with registration before July 11, 2009 should be exempted from NET/SLET in the appointment of college teachers. This was also mentioned by the Government of India in its gazette notification issued on May 10, 2016. It was followed by a decision taken by the Higher Education Board to grant relaxation for M. Phil holding candidates who have registered before July 11, 2009. As per the new rules, such candidates will be exempted from appearing State-level SLET and NET,” they said.

The future of 150 college teachers has been hanging in balance as they are trapped in a peculiar implementation of norms by the University Grant Commission (UGC) and its way of implementation by the Department of Higher Education, Assam. The Association is demanding of Dispur to do justice with the remaining M. Phil degree holding candidates by regularizing their posts as per the exemption of norms given to them by the UGC.

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