Degrees of no use! PhD holders apply for peon's post in Uttar Pradesh

Published on: Sep 4, 2018 13:01 IST
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If one has to rank our country's performance in terms of job creation since last 70 years of our Independence, then it won't be wrong to say that the successive governments have failed to live upto the expectations of our people. The latest news from the state of Uttar Pradesh will add more insult to the injury and further manifests the scarcity of jobs in India today. A government job vacancy for 62 peons with a technical wing of the Uttar Pradesh Police has attracted a massive 93,000 applications culminating into an average of 1,500 applicants per post.

What is even more shocking is the education qualification of the applicants who have applied for the jobs, which include graduates, post graduates and even PhDs. Around 3,000 of the applicants are holders of research degrees, over 20,000 are post graduates and another 50,000 are graduates whereas the minimum education qualification requires for the position is class 5 pass and proficiency in bicycle riding.

Vishwas Tiwari who holds an MTech degree said there is no job in the market. Even the states like Delhi, Bangalore are reeling under serious threat of job scarcity. There are no jobs even in the private sector. "With the money in the private sector (IT), I will only be able to manage to pay rent and eat. What is the use of doing a job like that? A government job is a government job. The future is secure," he said.

This is not the first time that such reports have come from the state of Uttar Pradesh. In 2015, 23 lakh people had applied for 368 posts of peons at the UP state secretariat in Lucknow, 250 of them had research degrees.

The data from the government's annual employment-unemployment survey for 2015-16 shows that the state of Uttar Pradesh had an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, which was higher than the national average of 5 percent.

Promod Tiwari, who is the senior police officer-in-charge of the department's telecom services, told NDTV, "I'm not surprised at all that so many people have applied. The work here is quite technical in nature. The more qualified people are, the more we can use them at senior positions later. I have inspectors here who are PhDs or have a Masters' degree in engineering. Their work makes us a very professional department.”

Commenting on the current unemployment situation in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said only 40,000 applicants managed to pass exams for about 68,000 posts of primary school teachers. This, the chief minister said, means "We do not have qualified people who can come and take these competitions and get the jobs."


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