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JU registrar’s appointment ‘illegal’: Faculty, officials write to Guv

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Jammu, Sep 29: The faculty members and officials of University of Jammu (JU) have written to Governor Satya Pal Malik opposing the recent decision of appointing Prof. R. K. Ganjoo as the varsity’s Registrar.

On Friday, Prof. Ganjoo was given the charge of Registrarship of University of Jammu.

In a letter written to Governor Malik a day later, the faculty members and officials of the university have claimed that Prof. Ganjoo was “ineligible” for the post.

 

“The Date of birth of Prof.R. K. Ganjoo is 11.4.1959 and retirement age of officers in the University of Jammu is 60 years. He is as such ineligible to hold any substantive administrative position in the University,” reads the letter, a copy of which was accessed by The Kashmir Monitor.

The letter adds that Prof Ganjoohas been declared “ineligible by the Committee constituted to determine the eligibility of candidates applying for the position of Registrar/Controller/DCD on the basis of his age which is on display on the University website.”

The order, the letter adds, has “generated shock waves among the teaching fraternity and officer cadre of the University not only because of this order being in contravention of the statutes but also due to the kind of negative reputation that Prof. Ganjoo carries.”

He, the faculty and officials allege, is the only teacher of the University whose membership of the Jammu university teacher association has been terminated.

“There are innumerable verbal and written complaints of his misbehaviour pending against him with regard to losing temper, shouting, throwing files at people, banging tables using abusive language and abusive body language in official meetings and not even sparing lady colleagues,” reads the letter.

It further says that Prof. Ganjoo’s appointment in a “peculiar and clandestine manner is part of the conspiracy hatched to give him the charge of Registrar at a critical juncture when the University is in the process of spending Rs. 100 crores under RUSA grants.”

“It is no surprise that the officers handling this grant in various capacities have been changed many times in the last few months and external engineers and advisors are being brought in to spend this money and ignoring the University works department,” it reads.

It further says that the AR promotion controversy was the “brainchild of Prof. Ganjoo who wanted to garner the support of the few officers in lieu of their undue promotions.”

“So a conspiracy was hatched wherein these officers went on protest leave and Prof. Ganjoo was appointed as a negotiator who entered into an unholy pact with these ARs and said he had to be the Registrar of the University to get them the relaxation that they were seeking,” reads the letter. 

“Pertinent to mention here that there is a career advancement scheme of the University approved by the UGC/MHRD. However these few officers were seeking relaxation of eligibility conditions under this scheme and the matter was placed in the 82nd University Council meeting and then in 83rd University Council meeting and finally referred to the Financial Advisor who vide letter no. FA/UNI/Adoption/Pay scale/JU/ 2017/343 dt: 30.7.2018 advised the University that there should be no deviation from the Career Advancement Scheme as updated by the MHRD dated 2.1.2017 and orders if any issued in contravention of the scheme should be processed to be modified,” the letter adds.

“In view of the above facts, it is requested that keeping the interest, sanctity and good image of the university, the directions be issued to the University to withdraw the order of appointment of Prof. Ganjoo and an enquiry be ordered by an authority as deemed fit to look into the manner of appointment and intent of such an order by the University,” the letter concludes. 


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5 more detained politicians released

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Srinagar, Jan 16: Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday released five politicians including three former legislators after keeping them in preventive detention for more than five months following abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.

Officials said the five mainstream politicians were released from preventive detention this afternoon.

The leaders who were released include Altaf Kaloo (ex-MLA National Conference), Showkat Ganaie (ex-MLC National Conference) and Nizamuddin Bhat (ex-MLC PDP).

 

Former mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation Salman Sagar (National Conference) and Mukhtar Bandh (PDP) were also released.

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Abrogation of Art 370 a historic step: Army chief

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New Delhi, Jan 15: Army chief Gen M M Naravane on Wednesday hailed the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 as a “historic step” and said the move has disrupted plans of the “western neighbour and its proxies”.

The armed forces have “zero tolerance against terrorism”, he said at the 72nd Army Day function in the Cariappa Parade Ground here.

We have many options to counter those who promote terrorism and we will not hesitate to use them,” he said.

 

On August 5 last year, the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories.

The Army chief said, “Abrogation of Article 370 is a historic step. It will prove to be important in integrating Jammu and Kashmir in the national mainstream. This decision has disrupted the plans of our western neighbour and its proxies”.

Gen Naravane said the country had to face some security challenges last year.

“Not only it countered proxy war but other situations. Whether it is LoC (Line of Control) or LAC (Line of Actual Control), we have ensured security with activeness and strength,” he said, adding the situation at northern borders (China border) is relatively peaceful.

The Army chief said the situation along the LoC is linked with situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Today, we remember those who have made ultimate sacrifice for the country. It will keep inspiring the coming generations,” he said.

Mentioning his visit to Siachen last week, he said he was extremely happy to see all the ranks brimming with confidence at the post.

“In last few days, some of our soldiers achieved martyrdom due to avalanche. We will always remember their sacrifice,” he noted.

Dhanush and K-Vajra gun systems were showcased for the first time in the Army parade.

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I-League: Krizo helps RKFC secure 1-1 draw against Punjab FC

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Srinagar, Jan 10: Emotions ran high as Real Kashmir FC bounced back with a 1:1 draw against Punjab FC at Srinagar’s TRC grounds on Friday.

For first 20 minutes, strikers from both the teams tried hard to score a goal. It was an evenly contested game right from the beginning with both the teams trying hard to get the ball.

It was Punjab FC forward Makan Winkle Chothe who netted the ball in the 21st minute taking advantage of confusion among the Real Kashmir defenders. The RKFC got a chance when Kellum Higginbotham passed ball to striker Gonhere Krizo but the later failed to net the ball. Later Krizo too failed to convert a pass by Kellam into a goal

 

For hosts, all their efforts failed to score an equalizer in the first half.  Snow leopards started the second half in an attacking mode as they seemed desperate to pick up an early equalizer. They dominated proceedings and constantly kept the opposition on their toes.

Their persistence paid off when Gnohere Krizo found the back of the net at the hour mark. The Ivory Coast forward received the ball at the edge of the box from Danilo Augusto’s mistimed back head. Krizo entered the box and scored past Punjab FC Goal Keeper Kiran Limbu.

The goal by RKFC charged the spectators who shouted their lungs out to cheer the team. Real Kashmir continued to dominate the proceedings after scoring the equalizer as they looked hungry for a winning goal. Punjab, on the other hand, brought in Dipanda upfront in a bid to find their second goal.

Mason Robertson and Gnohere Krizo came close to score on couple of occasions in the final 10 minutes of the match but the Punjab defenders did well to stop them.

RKFC David Robertson made three changes in the Real Kashmir lineup. Altamash Sayed, Chesterpaul Lyngdoh and Gnohere Krizo replaced Farhan Ganie, Subhash Singh and Aaron Katebe.

Punjab FC coach Yan Law, on the other hand, made two changes in the Punjab FC lineup. Thoiba Singh and Girik Khosla replaced Munmun Lugun and Aser Dipanda.

Friday’s draw meant that Punjab remained at the third spot with 10 points. Real Kashmir FC is at the eight spot with six points in five matches.

RKFC coach David Robertson said he was satisfied with the performance of his team but claimed there were many “dubious decisions” by referees.

“Getting one point from Punjab FC was good. There were many dubious decisions which couldn’t have happened. They might have changed the game. There were couple of penalties when our players Mason and Krizo were encountered by Punjab FC. But we still played consistently and didn’t lose the game till the end,” he said. 

On being asked about inclusion of Mason Robertson and Krizo who were unfit for the game, he said they had insisted to play today.

“The spirit of the team is very high. These two players came to me and asked to be included in the squad,” he added.

Punjab FC coach Yan Law, however, seemed to be unhappy with the results. “Unfortunately we had to share our points with RKFC.  We missed many chances at the front. Thanks to our goal keeper who also saved us today,” he said.

 Law said the spectators in Kashmir motivated their players to put up a good show in the game.

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