Kashmir University Teachers’ Association (KUTA) held its 53rd General Body meeting on December 21, at Gandhi Bhawan.
“Meeting was attended by a vast majority of the faculty members of the main campus as well by the faculty members of its satellite campuses at Anantnag, Baramulla, Kargil and Leh,” a spokesman of KUTA said in a statement.
In his presidential address, Dr Muheet Ahmed Butt elaborated upon the role of KUTA in the improvement of the academic and administrative milieu as well as upliftment of the standards of teaching and research in the University.
He emphasized that the administration’s objectives of institutional growth cannot be in conflict with the objectives of KUTA.“Both are complementary and supplementary to each other and that should be a strong reason for both of them to work together to achieve their respective as well as collective goals. He applauded university teachers for doing commendable work in the spheres of teaching and research which unfortunately does not get projected well in the public domain as a result of which the public perception about teaching and research standards of the Kashmir University is not so encouraging.”
KUTA Vice-President, Prof. Altaf Hussain Pandith in his address emphasized that the KUTA executive is duty bound to raise all the grievances, issues, and problems faced by the teaching community of the University with the Vice-Chancellor and other senior functionaries of the administration. It also has the obligation to take cognizance of the way the University is functioning and act as a watchdog of all its policies and actions. When the executive demands that the administrative system must be efficient, transparent, and prompt and solicits accountability at all levels, as a matter if its duty, it should not be perceived as any confrontation with the administration and the KUTA should not be perceived as anti-establishment, the spokesman added.
General Secretary KUTA, Dr Mohammad Ishaq Geer while presenting the Action Taken Report emphasized that the present KUTA Executive believes in no-confrontation-no-appeasement policy and believes in making logical interventions through consistent lobbying, persistent advocacy and persuasive pressure for redressing the genuine grievances and legitimate demands of the teaching community.
“All members of the General Body unanimously resolved that all academic institutions of the Kashmir University should be headed only by the Academicians, the University should adopt an all-time policy of one-man-one-post on the rotational basis and all vacant administrative positions in the university should be filled up on regular basis through a proper selection procedure. At the end of the meeting vote of thanks was proposed by Joint Secretary KUTA, Dr Waseem Bari,” in a statement KUTA spokesman said.