Best job in the world? 3,700 PhD hold­ers as­pire to be peon in UP

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­

Luc­know: Over 3,700 PhD hold­ers, 50,000 grad­u­ates and 28,000 post-grad­u­ates have ap­plied for va­cant po­si­tions in the tele­com de­part­ment of the Ut­tar Pradesh Po­lice, for which there are all of 62 va­can­cies. The min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion needed for the post is Class 5 pass. That so many over-qual­i­fied can­di­dates are seek­ing gov­ern­ment jobs must serve as an eye-opener to the state gov­ern­ment, which has been mak­ing tall claims of cre­at­ing job av­enues for qual­i­fied youth. It also in­di­cates the grow­ing un­em­ploy­ment in Ut­tar Pradesh, that can­di­dates are mak­ing a bee­line for any gov­ern­ment job that’s ad­ver­tised.

The 62 posts had fallen va­cant af­ter 12 years. The job re­quires de­liv­er­ing tele­com mes­sages to dif­fer­ent po­lice de­part­ments, like a post­man. Since qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the post haven’t been up­graded and re­main as per older days, it re­quires a self-dec­la­ra­tion from the can­di­date that he knows how to ride a bi­cy­cle.

The de­part­ment has re­ceived over 93,500 ap­pli­ca­tions from over-qual­i­fied can­di­dates, in­clud­ing many BBAs, MBAs and BTechs. Of the to­tal ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived within the last date of 16 Au­gust, only 7,400 have stud­ied un­der Class 12.

The salary, job se­cu­rity and pen­sion are per­haps the main rea­sons for such an en­thu­si­as­tic turnout. The post­man’s job guar­an­tees a min­i­mum salary of Rs 20,000 per month plus ad­di­tional perks.

PK Te­wari, ad­di­tional direc­tor gen­eral (ADG), tele­com, Ut­tar Pradesh Po­lice, said the de­part­ment is over­whelmed by the re­sponse it has re­ceived from so many ed­u­cated and tech­ni­cal can­di­dates for cler­i­cal posts. “It’s good for the de­part­ment, that we se­lect more ed­u­cated can­di­dates and use them for other works as well,” he said.

But a large num­ber of over-qual­i­fied can­di­dates has forced the de­part­ment to change the se­lec­tion pro­ce­dure. The se­lec­tion used to be made us­ing the cy­cle ride test. But now, the de­part­ment is think­ing of hold­ing a writ­ten test to check ba­sic gen­eral knowl­edge, rea­son­ing and ele­men­tary math­e­mat­ics of can­di­dates.

File photo of ap­pli­cants for jobs with the UP po­lice de­part­ment

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