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3-year lecturer contract in KU reduced to a year now, candidates have to apply afresh

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Srinagar, Mar 18: Kashmir University has denied continuation of services of contractual lecturers hired for a three-year contract last year.
The lecturers were appointed in February 2018 and as per the advertisement published, the three-year contract would include three consecutive sessions based on performance.
The lecturers were hired for the several departments included Social Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Earth & Environmental Sciences and other subjects.
However, the qualified candidates say that after only one year, the University has denied continuation of all faculty members selected under the advertisement.
They claim that the decision to discontinue their services was taken after Kashmir University Teacher Association (KUTA) raised objections compelling the University to advertise new contractual faculty posts for session 2019.
A notice issued by the university reads: “Pursuant to the recommendations of the Dean’s Committee meeting held on 20-12-2018 duly approved by the Vice-Chancellor all heads/directors/coordinators of the dept/centers of the main and satellite campuses are hereby informed to submit the list of the contractual lecturers to be replaced for the new academic session-2019, otherwise, it shall be presumed that already appointed contractual lecturers shall continue for the next academic session.”
FA Mir, an aggrieved candidate said the members of the contractual faculty approached the varsity higher-ups who told them that some officials have raised objections to their continuation.
“The whole process of objection by KU suggests how the nepotism and dictating attitude of officials prevails unhindered within the varsity,” Mir said.
“Why did they raise objection to our continuation after one year? If they were actually serious about it, they should have objected right after the advertisement was issued,” he added.
Another candidate, who did not want to be named, said: “We approached the University several times that they may accept our genuine demand of continuation and asked different campuses to review the performance of the candidates. But it has fallen on deaf ears.”
“Those with abysmal performance should be replaced and others with good performance should continue for a new session 2019,” he suggested.
President KUTA Dr Muheet Butt said, “When you lock a position for three years, it leads to nepotism within the departments. It’s obvious that a chosen candidate will interact with University officials for three years. What happens is that when next recruitment takes place, they choose the same candidates. As a result, the meritorious students remain neglected.”
Butt claimed that KUTA had raised objections right after the advertisement was issued in 2018.
“We tried to object but the University administration didn’t listen to us. That time they let the University politics prevail and took the decision not taking the academics interests into consideration,” he said.
“We are not against the recruitment of selected candidates. If they deserve, they can appear in the interview and qualify again. But the yearly evaluation is necessary so that others get a chance as well. There are several new candidates who have studied from foreign Universities. If they qualify, it will be a boon for the students as foreign exposure matters a lot,” he said.
University Registrar Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir said, “Basically, we have been approached by new candidates who are better qualified than the chosen ones under 2018 advertisement. Majority of them are Ph.D. scholars. The research scholars have come with a genuine plea they should be given a chance as they are more qualified than the selected contractual candidates,” he said.
“There is a rule that usually the contract is for one academic session. Last year, recruitment process was made because administrators thought if the situation turns volatile then interviewing process becomes difficult and the academic batch suffers,” he said.
“Orders have been issued that the contractual candidates will continue till the new recruitment is made and if they qualify the interview, they shall continue henceforth,” he added.


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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP

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Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.

 

Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.

 

He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.

 

He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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