- Interview letters are now being sent by email by the Bihar State University Service Commission (BSUSC).
- The candidate must report the last 72 hour’s test results of Covid-19.
- On September 23, 2020, just a few days before announcing the state assembly elections, BSUSC advertised 4,638 vacancies for assistant professors in 52 subjects.
- The lack of staff at Bihar’s universities and colleges has long been blamed on delayed appointments, one of the critical factors blamed for a poor show by state institutions in grading by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.
Beginning on July 15, Bihar’s understaffed universities and colleges will commence the long-awaited process of appointing assistant professors.
In an announcement made this week, the Bihar State University Service Commission (BSUSC) said it would now send interview letters via email. The candidate must formally appear at the Commission’s office with the previous 72 hours’ Covid-19 test report and all original documents.
In the first round, BSUSC chairman Rajvardhan Azad said that 25 subjects would be interviewed, and the experts have narrowed the list down to 15 topics. “We will begin our first block of five subjects with Angika, Puran, Prakrit, Persian, and so forth, and then we will announce the schedule for our second block of five subjects. The number of candidates called for an interview is approximately three times the number of vacancies in that subject,” he said.
Just before the announcement of election results, BSUSC posted 4,638 vacancies for assistant professors in 52 subjects. However, shortly after the appointment statute was enacted, the law was amended on the intervention of chief minister Nitish Kumar to give preference to Bihar candidates, following widespread opposition.
Bihar legislators passed the Bihar State University Service Commission Act in 2017 to restore the Commission’s recruitment function, which had been dissolved in 2007.
Bihar’s government had appointed Azad, former chief, and professor of ophthalmology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, as its chairman before the Lok Sabha elections.
Despite delayed appointments, Bihar’s universities and colleges have perpetually been short-staffed, partly because of their unsatisfactory assessment by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
After the last advertisement in 1997, the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) advertised 3,364 vacancies in 2014, and the interview process began in 2015 and ran until 2020.
According to Azad, there were many delays due to the assembly election and the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the application deadline being doubled. To submit a hard copy of an application, the deadline was December 24, December 10, for online applications. “We have completed the first round of preliminary scrutiny for all the subjects, and now the second round of scrutiny involving experts of the subjects is on in a phased manner,” he said.
BSUSC has received over 69,000 applications. There have been applications from almost all states and union territories. Most applicants hail from Bihar, followed by Uttar Pradesh.
“After the first round of shortlisting, 57,000 candidates were found to be valid, as many had left out information or filled out the application multiple times. During the second round of assessments, the experts assessed whether or not the research papers had been peer-reviewed. A system is in place to calculate academic points automatically, and these points are combined with academic and work experience scores. We are now focused on carrying out this process in a systematic manner to complete the exercise promptly,” he said.
Bridging a significant gap
No. of applications: 69,000
Applications found valid: 57,000