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‘Blue-eyed’ candidate may be selected as new KU VC: Sources

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Srinagar, July 11: Search Committee of Kashmir University is eager to appoint a blue-eyed candidate as new Vice Chancellor, reveal reliable sources.

The tenure of the Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, expired in the month of October, 2017. Consequently the search committee headed by Prof. Aggarwal former Chairman UPSC, New Delhi and Prof. Syed Ahtisham Hasnain and Prof. Vijay Gupta as its members was constituted.

The University issued an advertisement inviting applications for appointment of Vice Chancellor, UoK vide No. F(APPOINTMENT VC)REG/KU/18; Dated 27-02-2018.“62 candidates applied for the position of VC for University of Kashmir in response to this advertisement. The Search Committee after scrutinizing the details of the applicants/candidates, shortlisted 12 candidates for interaction.  Surprisingly all the shortlisted candidates were from outside the State with only one local junior demy candidate.. No one from the senior regular Professors having lot of teaching, research and administrative experience were shortlisted. Although they were amongst the shortlisted candidates for the post of Vice Chancellor in Kashmir University, BGSB and IUST earlier in 2014, and 2015 like Prof. Mustafa Shah, Prof. Neelofar Khan, Prof. A. M. Shah and many others.”

 

“The interaction-cum-presentation was held at Jamia Hamdard University in New Delhi on April 15 and 16, 2018. However, the search committee found none of the shortlisted candidates suitable for the Vice Chancellor, UoK.”Ironically the University re-advertised the said post vide No. Advt. No. F(ADVERTISEMENT-VC)/REG/KU/18; Dated 30-04-2018 with the revised age bar of 65 years.

“In response to the re-advertisement, 42 candidates applied for the post afresh. After evaluating the academic/administrative details of the candidates, the search committee shortlisted 08 candidates for the presentation-cum-interaction which was held again at Jamia Hamdard University in New Delhi on 09-07-2018.”

Reliable sources told news agency CNS that 08 shortlisted candidates included both local as well as non local candidates which included Prof. Talat Ahmad, Prof. Sher Ali, Prof. Syed Zaheer Hussain Jaferi, Dr. Shahid Rasool, Prof. N.A. Nadeem, Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Kaw and Prof. Ali Mohd. Shah. Prof. Ehtsham Hassnain one of the Search Committee Members has played an active role in short listing of the three candidates from outside the State for the post of VC KU.

“The list of the 08 shortlisted candidates, the venue and date of interaction were published on July 2 this year.  However, at the eleventh hour, the names of two senior most professors Prof. N.A. Nadeem and Prof. A.M. Shah were dropped from the list for reasons better known to the search committee.

“The academia in the valley believes that the exclusion of the two senior most professors from the shortlisted panel is a deliberate attempt to install blue eyed candidate as the Vice Chancellor for the UoK.”

Highly placed sources said that the entire process of selection of V.C from the very first advertisement to the second interaction, seems to be doubtful.

“For the first time in the history of University of Kashmir, the candidates applying for the post of V.C were supposed to submit affidavit/undertaking duly attested by the first class judicial magistrate highlighting that no case is pending against the applicant in the court of law/in any other department for any applicant. However, after receiving strong resentment from the academia, the said condition was slightly modified.”

“Out of 65 candidates who applied in response to the first advertisement, 12 were shortlisted and after the interaction with the search committee on April 15 and 16, 2018, no candidate was found suitable for the post by the Search Committee.”

“In the second advertisement, the same committee was constituted for short listing the candidates for the post.”

“Violating all the established standards and norms, the search committee in the last minute included 02 candidates were included (who were already found not suitable in the first interaction held on April 15-16, 2018) among the eight shortlisted candidates for the interaction scheduled on 09-07-2018 at Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi dropping two prominent and senior most professor Prof. N.A. Nadeem and Prof. A.M. Shah,” said a senior Professor to CNS.

Sources said that with a sole intention to install a blue eyed candidate, the search committee shortlisted two candidates who are short of sufficient 10 years of experience as Professor. This is not only a deliberate effort to install a blue eyed candidate but a way to keep away the meritorious, competent and dedicated candidates. The entire academia from the valley of Kashmir were left high and dry against this gross violation in which the search committee has deliberately shortlisted those candidates who are short of experience and otherwise ineligible for the post.


CNS Kashmir is the most credible and largest circulated news agency of Jammu Kashmir. CNS came into being in 1995 with an avowed objective to report objectively, impartially without any bias.

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Adv Ganai urges stakeholders to work for developing robust education system

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Thursday urged the stakeholders— including private schools to work efficiently for providing quality education to the student community at all levels.

Speaking to scores of delegations during a day-long public hearing under the aegis of Governor’s Public Grievance cell, here at Church Lane, Ganai emphasized that robust education sector was vital for overall growth of the state.

During the camp, the Advisor met around 40 delegations and scores of individuals from across the Kashmir division—who apprised him with various issues and problems faced by them.

 

A delegation of Private School Association of Jammu and Kashmir led by its president, GN War appraised the Advisor about various initiatives in the private schools. He sought education-friendly decisions from the government to encourage education providers. The delegation suggested that there was a dire need of establishing State Education Council—which could work for the betterment of the educational sector in the State.  

Lauding the efforts of the private schools, Ganai said that it was commendable the way private schools stakeholders were providing quality education despite many odds. He said that Jammu and Kashmir could become a hub of educational activities only when all the stakeholders would come forward and work for the betterment of educational sector.

The Advisor also received feedback from the delegation about the facilities available in their schools.
Interacting with delegation, Ganai urged them to observe ‘Punctuality Week’ in schools from 1 to 6 April.  He said the schools need to be made a place where the children are willing to go and attend their classes regularly.

Meanwhile, several other delegations including delegation from Pahoo Pulwma, Soibugh, Budgam, Anjuman Falah Islam, Harwan, Srinagar, delegations of FOs from Department of Horticulture, Delegation of Sarpanchs, Delegation from NGO Sunrise, Delegation of PhD scholars of Department of Linguistics, University of Kashmir. Deputations from various areas including Soura, Bandipora, Sopore, Ganderbal among other areas also called on the advisor and apprised him about various issues of their areas.

Ganai said that Governor’s Administration was taking every possible step to ensure quality education was provided to students at all the levels—including the students from far off areas.
After listening to the delegations, Ganai directed the concerned officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest.

Earlier, a delegation of All Jammu and Kashmir (Hajj and Umrah) Private Tour Operators met Advisor Ganai—appealing him to enhance the quota for the State.
Ganai assured that some positive developments in this regard would follow soon. He informed delegation that he would personally take up the matter with the concerned union ministry and address their grievances.

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Aspirants demand postponement of KCS Judicial (Main) exam

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Srinagar, Mar 21: KCS judicial exam aspirants demand postponement of main examination which is scheduled to commence from 23rd march on the grounds of the sub-judice matter of the selection process which has created uncertainty over the fate of the examination and disturbed aspirants’ preparation.
Aspirants maintained that the process of examination is challenged in Jammu wing of High Court and the honorable court held that the selection process is subject to the outcome of the writ petition. The court sent a notice to JKPSC to file objection to the issues raised by the petitioners.
“JKPSC has changed the rules of the examination in the middle of the game which is against the Supreme Court judgments. JKPSC in its date sheet notification for main examination dated 29-12-2018 makes no mention of the question paper-cum answer books where as a separate notification dated 01.02.2019 whereby it has been decided that the question paper-cum answer books shall as far as practicable be used henceforth for the competitive examinations. The aspirants came to know of this change in the rule by the Instructions on the Admit cards issued in March”, an aspirant told Kashmir News Service (KNS).
The aspirants maintained that JKPSC is pushing them into a depression hole. “We have prepared in accordance with the earlier examination pattern. In the earlier pattern a candidate was not bound to write in a limited space and continuation answer sheets were provided. It is a natural principle that a new rule has a prospective effect and not a retrospective effect. Giving the rule retrospective effect is ultra-vire and is challenged in the court of law”, said another aspirant.
Controller of examination, JKPSC, Shabir Hussain Keen said, “We will file objections in HC and prove the fairness of the selection process there. As of now there will be no deferment in the already notified dates for the examination and the aspirants should instead focus on their studies.”
Pertinently, JKPSC has been in the controversies for most of the recruitment processes be it KAS, 10+2 lecturer, Assistant Professor or KCS judicial examination. In the recent KAS controversy JKPSC is dragged to HC and SC for the faulty digital evaluation which was not supported by the rule of law. More than 500 cases are pending in HC and SC against the commission.

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PC leader Salam Ud Din Bajad joins NC

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Noted broadcaster, Former Deputy Director General Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar, Chief Editor Nawa-e-Qoum and PC 2014 Baramulla LS candidate Salam Ud Din Bajad on Thursday joined Jammu and Kashmir National Conference.
Welcoming former Broadcaster into the party fold, party vice president Omar Abdullah said, “Our party stands for equitable development approach for meeting the needs of under-served communities through policies and programmes that reduce disparities by fostering development towards creating strong and vibrant communities.”
Party vice president, while welcoming the new entrant said, “The party will surely benefit from Bajad sahib’s experience in public life.”
Senior leaders Muhammad Ramzan choudhary, Muhammad Akbar lone, Nasir Aslam Wani were also present on the occasion.
Bajad is also Secretary Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust Sunjuwa By pass Jammu and also a trustee of J&K Peoples Educational Trust. He is also associated with many social and literary organizations.
Meanwhile in a separate function at party head quarters Nawa- e –Subha, Srinagar, party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar welcomed the new entrant into the party fold. Among others Qaisar Jamheed Lone, Javed Dar, Ghulam Hassan Rahi was also present on the occasion.

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