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Himanta promises action against fake PhD holders


‘Around 50,000 vacant posts in various State departments to be filled up soon’


GUWAHATI, Feb 9: Promising to act against persons who joined different colleges as lecturers, professors and principals by taking PhDs from “so called universities”, Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday told the Assembly that the State government is taking a serious view of the matter and will take measures accordingly.

While replying to a question raised on the issue by BJP MLA Ashwini Roy Sarkar in the House, Sarma said some officials in the Education department, are apparently trying to safeguard those persons, who joined as teachers and principals in colleges after getting PhDs from dubious universities, instead of taking stern action against them.

“I am very serious about the issue and am persolly pursuing it. I will also take up the issue with the UGC and take action accordingly,” he added.

Replying to another question, the Education Minister said, “Most of the TET-passed candidates have a wrong conception that TET guarantees them teaching job in schools. They should know that passing TET only makes them eligible for job as a teacher,” adding, “The jobs of TET-passed teachers who are working under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan will be regularized. After that, I will think about creation of additiol posts of teachers for further appointment.” 

Sarma said, “My top priority now is to pay salaries to State government employees as per recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission with one year arrears to the tune of Rs 2,200 crore,” adding, “Around 50,000 vacant posts in different departments of the State government will be filled up soon.”