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.
Scanning of 6.2 Cr revenue documents to be completed by Sept 30: CS
Srinagar, July 22: Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam Monday reviewed the progress of the ongoing Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) in the State and set clear timelines for completion of the works taken up under its phase-1.
Chief Secretary directed that updation of Jamabandies (Quadrennial Record of Rights) in district Srinagar and Jammu should be completed by 31st July, 2019 and Village Mussavis (Maps) made available online to all from 1st August, 2019.
He directed that scanning of all 6.2 Crore Revenue documents should be completed by 30th September, 2019 and their quality check completed by 30th November, 2019.
Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Financial Commissioner, Finance, Commissioner Secretary, Revenue, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Secretary, IT, Secretary, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Commissioner, Survey & Land Records, J&K, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, other senior officers and representatives of vendor M/S Ramtech Software Solutions Pvt Ltd were present in the meeting.
Earlier, giving details of the progress achieved under phase-1, Financial Commissioner, Revenue said that out of the 6.20 Crore Revenue documents to be scanned, 4.14 Crore have been scanned so far. Out of these, 2.32 Crore Revenue documents have also undergone Quality Check.
He said against 50,965 Old Revenue Map/ Mussavis, 48000 Mussavis have been scanned and 27000 quality checked. He said digitization of 1263 Revenue Maps of Jammu district and 438 of Srinagar district have been completed against the target of 1450 and 520 respectively.
Also, the monumentation/installation of all 3895 Ground Control Points (GCPs) and their verification on ground has been completed. Further, 239 Jamabandies (Quadrennial Record of Rights) have been updated in district Jammu and 58 in district Srinagar against a target of 915 and 137 Jamabandies respectively.
Chief Secretary directed re-distribution of the scanners as per the work load remaining to ensure that districts lagging behind in scanning of Revenue documents can catch-up and the entire process completed across the state by September, 30th, 2019.
DILRMP is an integrated programme aimed at modernizing land records to minimize the scope of land/property disputes and enhance transparency in land records maintenance system. It is 100% centrally funded with main components including computerization of all land records, mutations, digitization of maps and integration of textual and spatial data.
Phase- 1 of DILRMP involves scanning of about 6.20 Crore Revenue documents across the state and their quality check, monumentation / installation of 3895 Ground Control Points (GCPs) across the state and their geo-referencing. Besides, the project also envisages computerization of registration process through Sub Registrar Offices (SROs) and setting up of 217 Modern Record Rooms/ Land Records Management Centers.
Phase- 1 also includes survey and re-surveys using High Resolution Satellite Imagery, Ground Truthing by ETS and Differential Global Positioning System (GPS) of district Srinagar and District Jammu. In the 2nd phase 10 more districts and in the 3rd and final phase starting from April 2020, the remaining 10 Districts will be covered. The entire process in the State has been targeted to be completed by 31st March, 2022.
Our membership drive grand success, unexpected results across Valley: BJP
Srinagar, Jul 22 : In a significant development, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finally managed to make serious inroads in Kashmir by registering at last 80,000 new members into the party fold in the ongoing membership drive that started on July 7. The party leaders claim that BJP’s Kashmir unit was getting overwhelming response in Kashmir and from every district especially from Srinagar district.
BJP’s national vice president and in-charge Kashmir affairs, Avinash Rai Khanna said that party’s Kashmir unit is feeling contended over the great response shown by the people of Kashmir as unexpected number of people are joining the party fold. “We are hopeful that the party will pass the fixed target of increasing the 20 per cent more number of members to the existing one,” he said. “In every district, BJP is getting overwhelming response with politicians of other political parties joining us besides cross section of the society.”
He said the party had fixed three lakh new members as its target for Kashmir and the way people are joining them, it seems that they will cross the figure and reach about four lakh mark.
According to BJP leaders, since the party launched membership drive in Kashmir on July 7, 80,000 new members have been added to the party fold while as Srinagar has topped the figure where 8000 new members alone have joined. “The figure is increasing and we hope when the membership drive ends on August 6, we will have at least four lakh new members in Kashmir,” a BJP leader, overseeing the membership drive said.
He said that in the restive south Kashmir, response to the membership drive was encouraging. “People of all thoughts are joining BJP given its clear agenda,” he said.
BJP’s General Secretary (organization) Ashok Koul said that each member has been directed to add 25 new members into the party fold. “We are satisfied with the way, people are joining us. We are hopeful that at the booth level, constituency level and also at the district level, our vote bank is increasing with each passing day,” he said.
Pertinently, BJP top brass had directed the party officials to ensure all the 17 lakh people who voted for the party across the State in the recently concluded Parliamentary polls, where BJP bagged two seats in Jammu and one in Ladakh, are brought to the party fold through membership drive.
People of state feeling vulnerable in absence of an elected govt: Farooq Abdullah
Srinagar, July 22: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday said the state is caught in a blizzard and the need of the hour requires us to give a combined response to the challenges the state is facing particularly on its identity.
Addressing workers and party functionaries here at party headquarters party president said the Kashmiris are feeling alienated in their own land in wake of the absence of any popular government in the state.
“Today Muslims living across the world are subject to the nefarious machinations of those who have vested interests in a divided Muslim world. The fate of Muslims in the state is no different; it is at the peril due to the onslaught of such powers as are hell-bent to obliterate the Muslim Majority character of our state. The very pluralistic visage of our state has traditionally been scorn in the eyes of those people as is hell-bent to destroy it. The people of the state are feeling the vulnerable absence of a democratically elected representative government. It is high time for the GOI to give the people of the state the opportunity to elect a government which can further the cause of development in the state,” he said adding, “The iron-fist policy of the incumbent administration has added to the insecurities of Muslims living in the state. The plight of the Muslims in the state is no less miserable than their counterparts living across the country. It seems that the large population of Muslims in the state and the country is being deliberately kept out of the development agenda. However, the idea of a developed India cannot be achieved if the minorities are left out.”
Party president said people of the state have been disenfranchised from their constitutional right of having a representative government in place, “The utter failure of the former PDP-BJP government on every conceivable matrix in the state has already disenchanted people towards democracy. The politically motivated jibes against politicians emanating from the governor’s office are adding to the disenchantment among youth towards the democratic process. The need of the hour calls for restoring a popular government in the state that has been limping towards the full realization of democracy in wake of the persistent tumultuous situation and a long spell of governor’s rule. It is unfortunate to see the penchant of the incumbent governor for political muddle. Our party has given immense sacrifices to further the cause of democracy in the state; we have lost scores of our workers, functionaries in this connection. The people of the state are fed up of the development deficit plaguing the state. A laid back oligarchy cannot replace the vital and vibrant role of the elected legislature and representative cabinet.”