Decided on September 17,2018

Mizoram University Respondents


Serto, J. - (1.) Heard Mr. C. Lalramzauva, learned Senior counsel assisted by Mr. H.Zodinsanga appearing for the appellants. Also heard Mr. A.R. Malhotra, learned counsel appearing for the respondents.
(2.) This is an appeal directed against the judgment and order dated 23/3/2018, passed by the learned Single Judge in W.P.(C) 203/2016, wherein the prayer of the appellants (petitioners in the writ petition) i.e. to quash and set aside the orders dated 28/1/2016, and dated 10/6/2016, whereby the pay of the appellants No. 1, 2 and 3 were re-fixed by withdrawing the three non- compounded increments granted earlier for having acquired Ph.D in respective subjects was rejected.
(3.) The four appellants who were working as Lecturers at Pachhunga University College Aizawl were placed as Lecturers (Senior Scale) as per the UGC guidelines/scheme provided under UGC Notification on Revision of Pay Scales, Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers in Universities and Colleges and Other measures for the Maintenance of Standards, 1998. Clause-7 of the guidelines provided as follows; "7.1.1 Minimum length of service for eligibility to move into the grade of Lecturer (Senior scale) would be four years for those with Ph.D, five years for those with M. Phil and six years for others at the level of lecturer, and for eligibility to move into the Grade of Lecturer (Selection Grade)/Reader, the minimum length of service as Lecturer (Senior Grade) shall be uniformly five years." 7.3.0. Lecturers in Senior Scale who do not have a Ph.D degree or equivalent published work, and who do not meet the scholarship and research standards, but fulfil the other criteria given above for the post of reader, and have a good record in teaching and preferably, have contributed in various ways such as to the corporate life of the institution, examination work, or through extension activities, will be placed in the Selection Grade, subject to the recommendation of the Selection Committee which is the same as the post of Reader. They will be designated as lecturers in the Selection Grade. They could offer themselves for fresh assessment after obtaining Ph.D and/or fulfilling other requirements for promotion as Reader and, if found suitable, could be given the designation of Reader.";

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