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Quality at stake: Kashmir University relies on ad hoc postings for functioning

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Srinagar, Mar 23: At least 20 top officials at the Kashmir University have been holding multiple charges, as authorities rely on ad hoc postings to run the institution.
In 2015 and 2016, advertisements were issued for appointing Registrar, Controller Examination, and several other posts in the varsity.
“These posts have not been filled and officials have been posted there temporarily,” an official said.
Professor Khurshid Ahmad Bhat, Dean Management Studies is holding the additional charge of Registrar, while he is also the in-charge Kargil and Leh satellite campuses of the varsity.
Same is the case with the post of Controller Examinations, which is at present held by the Additional Controller Examination, Dr Mohammad Yusuf Bhat.
Professor Azra Nahid Kamli, Director Central of Research and Development, is also the Head Department of Environmental Science, Coordinator Microbiology and, Dean School of Life Sciences.
Dr M S Sumbli, Chairman of Sheik ul Alam chair is also in-charge Director Convocation Complex.
Professor G N Khaki, Director Central Asian Studies is also Dean Students Welfare and in-charge provost of hostels.
Professor Mohammad Hussain is holding the dual charge of Head Department of Law and Dean Law School.
Dr Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Senior Assistant Professor of Botany Department is also in-charge Director Internal Quality Assurance Cell.
The post of Director Distance Education is vacant since retirement of Professor Nelofar Khan.
Maroof Qadri is in-charge Director IT and Supporting System.
The varsity authorities have failed to appoint Director Physical Education for the last several years. Professor Nisar Ahmad of mathematics department is holding its additional charge.
Prof S Mufeed Ahmad is in-charge Director State Resource Centre (SRC).
Chief Librarian post has been lying vacant, while an official has been made its in-charge.
Professor Inayatullah Tahir head Department of Botany is holding additional charge of Coordinator Bio Resources.
Institute of Kashmir Studies has no Director, while Muslim Jan of Media Education Research Centre has been made its coordinator.
Faruq Masoodi, a film maker has been ad hoc coordinator for the Media Education Research Centre for the last few years.
Professor Zohra Afzal, Head Department of Hindi, is also Dean Arts, Languages and Literature.
Professor M S Bhat head Department of Geography is also holding the charge of Dean Sciences and Environment Studies.
Professor F A Masoodi of School of Applied Science and Technology is in-charge Food and Technology Department.
Professor G M Bhat, Director Zakura campus of the varsity is also in-charge Principal Safapora Engineering College.
Similarly, Professor Akbar Masood, Head Biochemistry Department, also holds the charge of Clinical Biochemistry.
Faheem Aslam has the dual charge of PRO Kashmir University and Vice-Chancellor, while the former position has been lying vacant since 2007, when Abdul Musvi was terminated.
The three year term of Professor Khurshid Ahmad Andrabi as VC also ended on October 17 last year.
Dr Ashfaq Ahmed Zarri, Deputy Registrar has been given sensitive posting of Director South campus.
“It is mandatory that Director should stay at South Campus but every day he is travelling from main campus to South Campus,” the official said.
Kashmir University Teacher Association President, Dr Muheet Ahmed Butt, said ad hoc appointments were “affecting” the functioning of the varsity.
“We want implementation of one man one post in the university,” Butt said.
A professor of the Social Science Department said, “The research standard is degrading, as the people in the varsity are overburdened with additional responsibilities. Authorities claim implementation of ‘one man one post’ is still far from reality.”
“University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved full autonomy to Jammu University but no attention is being paid towards Kashmir University,” he said.
Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar could not be contacted for comments.


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UN chief could discuss Kashmir issue at UNGA: UN spokesman

Press Trust of India



UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is likely to use the opportunity of discussions during the high-level UN General Assembly session that begins here next week to raise the Kashmir issue, the UN chief’s spokesperson has said.

Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric during the daily press briefing here on Thursday said that the UN chief has underscored the need for dialogue as the only way to resolve the issue and, “as part of the solution for the current crisis in Kashmir, to make sure that human rights aspects are very much dealt with, as well.”

“…On Kashmir, the Secretary General… has said previously, he remains engaged. I think he will also use the opportunity of discussions during the General Assembly to raise it,” Dujarric said, responding to a question on the situation in Kashmir.


On Wednesday, Guterres emphasised that “dialogue” between India and Pakistan is an “absolute essential element” for reaching a solution on the Kashmir issue, and said his good offices are available should both sides ask for it and called for full respect of human rights.

“Well, our capacity is related to good offices, and good offices can only be implemented when the parties accept it. And, on the other hand, it relates to advocacy, and the advocacy was expressed and will be maintained,” Guterres said during his press conference ahead of the UN General Assembly session.

Guterres was asked by a Pakistani journalist about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and what will he do to bring a solution to the Kashmir issue.

“I go on with a clear opinion that human rights must be fully respected in the territory, and I go on with the clear opinion that dialogue between India and Pakistan is an absolutely essential element for the solution of the problem,” he said.

India has always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and ruled out any third party mediation, including either from the UN or the US, saying it is a bilateral issue with Pakistan.

The UN Secretary General has also repeatedly asserted that his good offices are available only if both sides ask for it.

Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.

Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York on September 27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to speak on the same day.

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Amid Kashmir tensions, India will participate at SAARC meeting in New York

Press Trust of India



NEW DELHI: Amid heightened Indo-Pak tensions, India will participate at the SAARC foreign ministers meeting scheduled to be held on September 26 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, officials said on Thursday.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan will be present in the US next week and will hold bilateral and multilateral meetings.

Officials said India will participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation foreign ministers meeting that is scheduled for September 26.


The meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA could bring Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi face to face for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions.

Asked about a possible meeting with his Pakistani counterpart as well as the future of the SAARC regional grouping, Jaishankar, at a press conference earlier this week, had said, “if and when I meet Pakistani Foreign Minister, we will see at that time what happens”.

The SAARC is about regional cooperation and that refers to trade, MFN, connectivity etc.

, he had said, adding that now every member knows which country is promoting SAARC and which one is impeding it.

Last year, then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had attended the SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting, usually held on the sidelines of the UNGA.

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Plea alleges detention of children in Kashmir, SC seeks report




The Supreme Court on Friday sought a report from Jammu and Kashmir High Court on the alleged detention of children in Kashmir during curbs following the scrapping of Article 370 in the state on August 5.

Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing child right activists Inakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha who have alleged detention of children in Kashmir, had on September 16 told the apex court that people in the Valley are not able to approach the high court there.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it would entertain the petition regarding alleged detention of children in Kashmir as the plea has raised “substantial issues” regarding minors. The top court directed the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to file a report before it within a week on the issue.


The Supreme Court also said it had received a report from the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court and claims that people are unable to access the court there are not supported.

“We have received the report from the chief justice (of Jammu and Kashmir High Court) which does not support your statement,” the bench also comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer told the counsel appearing for the petitioners.

The Supreme Court also sought response from the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea challenging detention of five persons in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370.

The bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the Jammu and Kashmir administration, to file his response.

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