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Ramakanta Biswas

The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) on Thursday announced extension of deadline for submitting online application for the posts of Associate Professor in State universities under the administrative control of the Higher Education Department.   

The last date of submission of application has been extended by 15 days till September 15, 2021. The application process, which started on July 27, was supposed to end on August 31.

The Commission has also announced 5 per cent relaxation in the minimum marks in the Master’s Degree to the SC/ST and SEBC candidates. Now, candidates belonging to these categories need 50 per cent marks in the Master’s Degree to become eligible for the posts.

Other qualifications required for the posts are- 

A good academic record with a Ph.D. Degree in the concerned/ allied/ relevant disciplines. 

A minimum of eight years of experience of teaching and / or research in an academic/research position equivalent to that of Assistant Professor in a University, College or Accredited Research Institution/industry with a minimum of seven publications in the peer-reviewed or UGC-listed journals and a total research score of Seventy five (75). 

Applicants other than the reserved categories will need a Master's Degree with at least 55% marks (or an equivalent grade in a point-scale, wherever the grading system is followed) to qualify for the posts.

A total of 320 posts of Associate Professor will be filled up through the recruitment process in the pay scale of Cell-1 of Level 13A of the pay matrix under Odisha Revised Scales of Pay for University Teachers (UGC Scale of Pay) Rule, 2019. 

How To Apply: 

Candidates can apply online through the website http://www.opsc.gov.in. Applications received through any other mode would not be accepted and summarily be rejected, read an official notification. 

Application Fee: 

A candidate is required to pay a non-refundable and non-adjustable application fee of Rs 400. Candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe of Odisha only and Persons with disability (whose disability is not less than 40%) are exempted from payment of this fee.

Method Of Selection: 

• The appointments and conditions of service are to be guided by the provisions laid down under the Statutes as applicable to the State Public Universities. 

• There shall be shortlisting of candidates for each subject as per UGC guideline. The Commission has decided that five times the no of vacancies shall be shortlisted for interview when the no. of vacancies is more than two. For subjects where there are only one or two vacancies, ten candidates shall be shortlisted for interview. 

• The academic score as specified in for Universities as per UGC Regulation, 2018 shall be considered for shortlisting of candidates for interview and on selection shall be based only on performance in interview. 

• The Commission shall be competent to determine the manner of conduct of its proceedings and to take all decisions required for selection of Associate Professors to the Universities consistent with the provisions of the Act and Regulations prescribed in this behalf by the University Grants Commission. 

• Commission shall prepare a list of candidates in order of merit on the basis of performance in the interview which shall be equal to the number of advertised vacancies 

• The list recommended by the Commission shall remain valid for a period of one year from the date of recommendation by the Commission.

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