Rahul Chhabra

A proposal by the Narendra Modi government to cut costs and hasten hiring of manpower for research projects of various ministries and autonomous institutes has filled many officials and budding researchers with consternation, with some alleging that outsourcing researchers’ recruitment to private agencies will promote middlemen and result in a national “knowledge catastrophe”.

The ministry of earth sciences has already taken the lead in implementing the “draconian” rules and issued a circular, setting April 1, 2022 as the deadline for the new set of hiring terms to kick in. The most “painful” aspect of the new move, allege scholars, is the outsourcing of researchers’ hiring to a private job agency. The researchers would work on government projects in official labs but would be on the pay rolls of the private agency.

“It is like treating academics like Group D staff or security staff. This is a serious matter and if it goes uncontested and finally implemented, it will damage science and research in the country,” said a scientist in the ministry of science and technology.

“The involvement of private agencies is worrisome and raises concerns about possible corruption in recruitments,” he said.The new hiring rules may impact around 3,000 research vacancies …read more

Source:: The Financial Express – Science


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