Fake News regarding upper age UGC

Hyderabad: After Hyderabad Commissioner of Police issued clarification against fake news regarding Hyderabadi women gone missing in a day that has created panic among the city residents, another fake news is doing the internet rounds and this time the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a clarification on rumours regarding its recruitment process.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently instructed all the higher educational institutions to expedite the recruitment but fake news regarding the upper age limit for selection of Assistant Professor posts is being circulated on the social media, authorities said.

The fake news is being circulated in the form of a press note in the name of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) which reads: “Recently Government of India has decided to have upper age limit for selection of Assistant Professors in universities and college of India. Today (June 12, 2019) HRD Minister recommended to the UGC to confirm the upper age limit of the Assistant Professor to 35 years for selection, for all categories will be treated same. This rule will be implemented in India with effect from June 1, 2019. It means above 35 years candidates will not be eligible for applying to the post of Assistant Pofessor in universities and colleges in India.”

Reacting to the fake news, UGC member Professor G Gopal Reddy urged the students and teacher aspirants not to believe in such fake rumours.

“The UGC had directed universities to fill up the vacant posts in six months, and in fact several central universities have issued notifications. Fake news is being shared on the social media about the upper age limit for selection of Assistant Professor to scuttle the recruitment process,” he said.

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