SRINAGAR: Kashmir politicians have decried the government move not to call local candidates for interaction for the appointment of VC’s of the Cluster Universities of Jammu and  Kashmir.

In a statement CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami said that the decision of Search Committee – appointed for the evaluation/ appointment of Vice Chancellor for Cluster University, Srinagar (CUS)-not to call any candidate/professor from University of Kashmir (KU) for the interaction is severe injustice and a biased approach of the present dispensation towards Kashmiris.

“A notification to apply for the post of VC for CUS was issued on 1st July 2020 and more than half a dozen professors with a track record of best credentials from KU applied for the position with their heavy academic CVs. But surprisingly and unfortunately the Search Committee had an interaction with a few candidates on September 11, 2020, at Jammu and no professor from KU was called to this secretive interaction,” he said.

“All this amounts to the severe injustice and a biased approach of the present dispensation which does not care for academic and moral standards. It is evident from the fact that the Kashmiri academicians of national repute were condemned unheard. It makes us conclude that under this regime, Kashmir is returning to an autocratic era where non-state residents in violation of merit were imposed on Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Tarigami said, “It was in this context that Kashmiri Pandits in the mid-1920s had launched the ‘Kashmir for Kashmiris Movement’ against such policies, and had succeeded in ensuring a level playing field for state subjects. A return to prejudicial policies is detrimental to the national interest, and is a source of de-motivation for honest and hardworking citizens.”

“It is also worthwhile to mention that last year while revoking the special status and the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, the present dispensation had made a tall promise of 50,000 new jobs for the youth. However, the practical agenda has come to the surface by the withdrawal of 1,005 SSB posts, as was candidly reported by various newspapers on September 11, 2020. All these unjust and irrational actions point to the anti-people governance agenda of the present regime,” Tarigami said in a statement.

Peoples Democratic Party leader Waheed Ur Rehman Para also criticized the government for not calling or shortlisted local candidates for interaction for the appointment of VC’s of the Cluster Universities of Jammu and  Kashmir.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Para wrote, “For two Cluster Universities in JK, around 300 applied & a total of 16  were shortlisted for both Universities- In entire list, there was not a single candidate from the valley. However, only 1 was called from Jammu. Will Govt. explain the criteria or is there none from JK capable.”

“Meanwhile, Out of 130 candidates for VC ship of Cluster University Kashmir, 10 were shortlisted for interaction and the irony is that, out of the entire lot, no local candidate has been called or shortlisted. Surprisingly search committee was changed twice-FYI,” Para tweeted.



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