Srinagar: In a bizarre violation of rules and regulations, the applicants of contractual lecturer posts in Kashmir’s degree colleges were deprived of experience points on the pretext that working experience from outside-state universities and colleges cannot be considered in the merit list.
For the six experience points one point is given for a year’s experience, while the candidates who have gained experience from the top institutes of the country are not eligible for any points, according to the selection committee “guidelines”
The “guideline” issued by the nodal agency appointed of contractual staff is in direct violation of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) guidelines. While JKPSC in its guidelines clearly mentions that the experience gained from any reputed and affiliated organisation by the applicant of Assistant Professorship shall be considered in the merit list, the nodal agency is only considering the experience of candidates gained in state’s degree colleges.
“Even the experience gained from the international or national top-ranking institute cannot be considered. Either it is any IIT or institutes like JNU or DU” said an official.
While University Grants Commission guideline mentions no such criteria for appointment of Teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges, the candidates alleged that merit list is influenced by the nepotism and corruption.
“They set such rules favour the blue-eyed candidates,” an applicant alleged adding why they consider the National Eligibility Test (NET) which is conducted by the national agency.
Prof. (Dr.) Muhammad Aslam Baba, Nodal Officer / Principal Amar Singh College, Srinagar said we have different criteria for selection of staff.
“Colleges in Jammu have different criteria, we have different criteria nobody can challenge that, all those saying that are anti-social elements” he said and dropped the phone call.
Director Colleges, Renu Goswamy pleaded ignorance over the matter.