Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Principal Secretary to Government, Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department to prescribe minimum and maximum educational qualifications in consonance with the concept of level playing field to enable suitable candidates to secure public appointment by participating in open competition exams.
The petitioner counsel referring to GO dated October 7, 2009, stated that professional degrees were equated with Arts degrees for purpose of selection in government services. But, the GO was absolutely absent in respect of the qualification for the particular post.
After observing, the Justice said acute unemployment issues prompted this over qualified persons to apply for such posts under Group IV services as well as for the basic services. However, the competent authorities may not be in a position to effectively extract work from these employees with reference to the job responsibility.
Equally, candidates, who are possessing under qualification, could not be allowed to perform higher responsibility. All these aspects should be considered by the competent authorities of the State government and its organizations or corporations, while undertaking the process of issuing recruitment notification to the particular post or cadre. Currently, minimum educational qualifications and other related criteria were prescribed by the employers. However, no maximum educational qualifications were prescribed, so as to restrict the opportunity to more suitable candidates. This being the reason, these over qualified persons and professional degree holders were participating in the recruitment process for the posts under Group-4 services as well as basic services.
Therefore, the Justice rejected petitioner’s request for relief and ordered the respondent to complete the exercise within a period of twelve weeks after reviewing rules connected to selection and appointment to various posts, more specifically for posts under Group III and IV services and basic services as well.