Over 1,000 master-cadre teachers in government schools have been left sulking after the Education Department refused to grant them promotion as their degrees were obtained from universities outside the state under the distance education mode.
The School Education Department prepared a list of 2,200 government school teachers this week to promote them from a master-cadre post to lecturer on the basis of their master’s degree. However, the claim for promotion of over 1,000 master-cadre teachers has been rejected.
Sources in the Education Department said any promotion on the basis of degrees obtained from outside universities under the distance learning mode was invalid as per the policy of University Grant Commission (UGC) and Distance Education Council (DEC).
According to the DEC and UGC’s November 2012 and June 2013 notifications, the state university (government-funded or private) shall operate only within its territorial jurisdiction and in no case, beyond the territory of its location.
As per rules, the deemed or state universities, under any circumstances, shall not conduct any course(s) under distance mode without the specific prior approval of the UGC-AICTE-DEC Joint Committee, said Balbir Singh Dhol, DPI (Secondary), Punjab.
However, many master-cadre teachers in government schools have got their masters degree from universities situated in Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
After getting their masters degree from these universities, the teachers demand their promotion from master cadre to lecturer.
Some private universities have become ‘degree mills’ offering sub-standard/poor quality education, consequently eroding the credibility of degrees and other qualifications awarded through the distance mode. “So the Education Department has not considered any candidate for promotion who got their degrees under the distance mode from outside universities,” said a senior functionary of the state committee for master cadre to lecturer promotions.
Sources said that of the total of 127 deemed universities in the country, 44 were facing the risk of losing the deemed-to-be university status.
Not only for promotion, but also for the regularisation of some contract-based teachers, the Education Department is very particular in checking the credentials of teachers if they got their degree under the distance education mode.