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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.



DGP calls Armed Police as backbone of J&K Police

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, July 23: Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, Dilbag Singh Tuesday said that Armed Police is the backbone of the J&K Police.

The DGP said this during his visit to Armed Police Headquarters (APHQ), Karan Nagar, Srinagar, where he was received by the ADGP (Armed) J&K S.J.M. Gillani and other officers of the Armed Police Headquarters.

The DGP in his address said that Armed Police is the backbone of the J&K Police with having highest number of personnel on its roll who are doing their duties at multiple places and are entrusted with multiple tasks.


Dilbag Singh complimented Armed Police for handling law & order, security and other multifarious jobs in the State and currently having huge deployment in Amarnath Yatra including the Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs), and also praised the role of Armed Police in counter insurgency grid.

The DGP while complementing the role of MRTs in rescuing hundreds of the yatries said that Governor Satya Pal Malik and Advisors of the Governor have hailed the role of these MRTs. Their role has been highlighted by the national media and Yatris, he added

The DGP also expressed his satisfaction for safe and smooth conduct of Yatra from both sides for which Armed Police is deployed along with district police of South Kashmir and Central Kashmir. The DGP also underlined the Armed Police for making significant contribution during the Panchayat, Urban Local Bodies and Parliamentary elections. During his address the DGP advised the officers to focus on skill development of the police personnel to further improve their efficiency. The DGP also impressed upon regular welfare measures for the officers/jawans.

While congratulating the Armed Police personnel SgCt. Nazir Ahmad and SgCt. Falil Singh for scaling the Mount Everest and also other personnel who have brought laurels to the Police by winning medals, the DGP impressed that more and more attention must be given to the Central Sports teams.

Earlier, on his arrival the DGP was given a ceremonial guard of honour. Thereafter DGP chaired a meeting which was attended by senior police officers and reviewed the functioning of the Armed Police wing. The meeting which was attended by ADGP CID, J&K Dr. B. Srinivas, ADGP (Armed) S.J.M. Gillani, ADGP Law & Order/Security Munir Ahmad Khan, IGP Armed Kashmir Vijay Kumar, IGP (Pers.) PHQ J.P. Singh and IGP Kashmir S.P. Pani.

ADGP (Armed) J&K S.J.M Gillani briefed the DGP regarding functioning and deployment of the different battalions of the Armed Police. He projected the requirements and plans with regard to the Armed battalions to which the DGP said that they would be sympathetically looked into. ADGP (Armed) J&K during his briefing highlighted that the training, welfare and equipment needs of the force will be taken care of. The ADGP also put forth certain requirements with regard to the body gears of the law and order personnel for their day to day duties.

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License to kill corrupt ‘ridiculous’: Geelani

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar July 23: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday said that the license to kill corrupt people is a “ridiculous” option to weed out the menace.

In a press statement issued here, Geelani said that the ‘arrogance of power, whether individually or collectively, makes one to lose his wits and cross every moral, human, ethical, democratic and constitutional limits.’

He was commenting on the recent statement made by the governor where the latter had suggested militants that instead of killing SPOs and PSOs, they should kill corrupt politicians who have looted the State from so many decades.


 “License to kill corrupt people is a unique and ridiculous option to weed out this menace. This is unfortunate that a country, claiming to believe in ‘non-violence’ and proudly labeling itself world’s largest democracy, its official representatives openly encouraging violence only unmasks the real face of proud killers of Gandhi,” Geelani said.

“Although it is a fact that our political vultures/brokers have time and again mortgaged their conscience and honor for their petty personal perks and privileges, but if one goes down the lane in history, they have been encouraged to loot the national assets, in the form of vandalization, political arrogance, executive highhandedness and electrical malpractices,” he alleged.

He said that only and best way to check and root out corruption is to respect the sentiments of the people and ensure their basic and fundamental rights, “otherwise force and might help in thriving these social evils without any accountability.”

The Hurriyat (G) chairman strongly condemned the “venomous and immoral statement of Dogra progeny about 13 July martyrs and said that killer of lakhs of Muslims of Kashmir can’t have a better heir than his own grandson.”

Blaming noble souls, who sacrificed their lives to uphold their faith, Geelani said that it is nothing but outburst of that genetic hatred that his ancestors were proudly symbolic of.

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CB probe against Akhtar: Mehboob Beg distances himself from party statement

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, July 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehboob Beg on Tuesday distanced himself from the recent statement sent from the party headquarters over the probe by Crime Branch against Naeem Akhtar.

Earlier, Beg was quoted in a statement issued by PDP, in which the party defended its senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar Andrabi, saying the probe initiated against him by the Crime Branch was baseless and motivated.

“I have no idea about the statement. I wasn’t even consulted before issuing this statement in press,” Beg however said while talking to media.


He added that he has also talked to party leaders in this regard and asked why a statement has been issued without taking him into the consideration

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