The Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a notice on 7 February to the Haryana Government, over a petition which has challenged the government measures of selecting about 1,400 assistant professors across Haryana state colleges.
The petition has alleged that the state government’s selection criteria refused to exempt the Ph. D degree holders from passing NET examination.
The Bench headed by Justice Jasbir Singh took the matter up and has directed the Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, to file and submit an affidavit on February 12 to justify the criteria.
Through a petition filed by Rajeev Mohan of Ambala and others the matter went before High court. The petitioner’s stated that on 24 January 2014, the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) issued an advertisement for filling 1396 posts of Assistant Professors of various subjects for its college cadre in which the Ph. D degree holders were not considered for selection.
On the contrary, the UGC states that those candidates who have been awarded Ph.D degree in compliance with UGC (Minimum standards and procedure for award of Ph.D degree) regulation 2009 has been permanently exempted from passing the NET examination, also mentioned in their plea.
Counsel for petitioners Amit Khatkar debated that the Haryana government’s decision to remove the exemption clause for PhD holders was in direct contradiction of UGC regulations.
The case would again be heard on 12 February 2014.