SRINAGAR: Aptech is trending for all wrong reasons on social media, with various sections of society criticizing LG- Led administrations move of selecting the blacklisted Aptech for conducting Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) exams.
Many political parties expressed their displeasure over the selection of Aptech company for conducting JKSSB exams.
The selected APTECH company is blacklisted by many states including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and has also been penalized by the Supreme Court as the said company has failed to uphold integrity of the process of exam conduction.
Taking to micro blogging site Twitter, Azad Democratic Progressive Party (DPAP) Chief Spokesman, Salman Nizami, criticized the move, saying that APTECH has failed to ensure transparency and accountability in conducting such exercises in the past, which is why many states have banned it.
“Awarding a contract to blacklisted Aptech by JKSSB seems a deep rooted conspiracy to spoil the future of J&K’s youth. The contract should be withdrawn immediately & in future never to engage with such companies,” Nizami said.
Lending his support to the JKSSB aspirants on Twitter , Co- founder Study IQ, one of India’s leading Ed-tech startup, Dr Gaurav Garg said, “Why is a blacklisted company like Aptech given the mandate in the first place? Why is the administration playing with the future of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir? Everyone must support the JKSSB aspirants.”
He added, “There are many companies like TCS which have done a great job in organising exams in India of the scale of IBPS. Why such companies are ignored by JKSSB and a criminal and corrupt blacklisted company like Aptech is given the mandate.”
After the KVS TGT scam was unearthed in Leh, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti wrote on her twitter that there has been no end to scams since 2019.
“Despite court directions, blacklisted companies continue conducting these shambolic recruitment exams. Its the students who are paying a huge price while the culprits are given a free run. This has been happening since 2019 & there seems to be no end to it,” she noted.
State Spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Imran Nabi Dar tweeted “JKSSB is the enfant terrible of the incumbent JK administration. The board inspite of addressing the genuine concerns and fear of the educated, skilled local youth seems hell bent to destroy their future by continuously persisting with a block listed company like APTECH.”
Cautioning JKSSB over the murky past of JKSSB , Peoples Confrence President,Sajad Lone said, “ I have received a lot of emails and messages about APTECH which has been blacklisted in other states Given the shoddy track record of past, SSRB better tread with caution. Students need to be heard. You can’t thrust a black listed company on our future.”
Meanwhile, various JKSSB aspirants have expressed their anguish over the move and have appealed to LG administration to look into the matter and remove “tainted” APTECH and hire a more credible organistion to conduct exams smoothly.