Friday, July 1, 2011

Kashmir University Mockery

KU’s recruitment mockery After advertising posts, process for conversion begins; candidates aghast

Despite having started the selection process for appointment on PRO and liaison officer posts, the Kashmir University is getting on with the conversion of posts into technical and non-technical ones.The sources, however, maintain that it is just a ploy to favour the blue-eyed candidates.

Responding to the proposal of director convocation complex, the University has formally constituted the committee to look into the possibilities of converting the posts into technical and technical ones. The five member committee, headed by Prof N A Shah, was constituted on June 25.

“A committee comprising the following has been constituted to look into the request of casual staff of convocation complex regarding conversions of some of the posts sanctioned for the complex,” reads the order from assistant registrar general administration. A copy of the order is with this newspaper.

Source in the know, however, maintain that the conversion is a ploy to favour the influential candidates.“The senior members in the administration (of KU) have their relatives working on technical and non-technical posts in the convocation complex. They (members in administration) want that their kin shall be promoted as PRO or liaison officers. And that is why they are playing this card of conversion,” sources said."

“For instance,” sources said, “an administrative officer’s nephew is working on a technical post in the complex. And conversion will help him in becoming the PRO or liaison officer directly.”

The varsity formally advertised the posts in 2009 following which the short listed candidates were called for the interview. However, due to unrest—the reason given by the varsity—the interviews were postponed.

While the interview for Liaison officer post was called off before hand, the candidates for PRO post were made to wait from 3 PM to 8PM before University decided to send them back.

Given the scenario, the proposed conversion has left the applicants fuming at the varsity authorities.“This is mockery of the system,” said a candidate on the condition of anonymity. The candidate has been short listed for both the posts.

“First they postponed the interview for unknown reasons. Now without any justification they are going for the conversion. The University is playing with our career and making fun of the qualified youth who have applied for the posts.”

A group of three candidates that approached this office after reading the news about conversion, threatened to move court if the varsity goes through with the conversion of the posts.

“The posts were advertised formally and we were subsequently called for interview. It means that the selection process was on. Now starting this drama of conversion indicates that there is something fishy. And we will definitely approach the court,” said the candidates, whose names have been withheld.

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