Services Unutilised, Contractual Lecturers Allege They Are On The Verge Of Begging

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SRINAGAR: Contractual teachers working in different colleges of Jammu and Kashmir on ad-hoc arrangement have alleged that the government was not using their services despite having vacancy everywhere and most students not getting online classes during the pandemic, a local news gatherer KNO reported.

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Jammu and Kashmir Contractual Teachers Association (JKCTA) vice president Dr Mohammad Yousuf Nengroo was quoted saying that the academic arrangement working in different colleges of Kashmir division is not functional. “Undoubtedly, there is work in colleges as in every subject there isn’t regular faculty available, but they aren’t utilising our services. In fact, they are luring us to withdraw our court cases,” Nengroo alleged.

On the other side, in the colleges of Jammu, everything is going on smoothly. After the state re-organisation act came, the Kashmir division have suffered a lot, Nengroo said.

“Recently, University of Kashmir has instructed colleges of the Kashmir valley to take exams online but they are hell-bent not to utilize our services as they have taken court case personally. Is approaching to court a crime? They aren’t thinking on the grass-root level,” he asked. “They are violating directions of the High court of J&K again and again and aren’t afraid of anything. Why the law is so poor that “We” who are on court orders are on the verge of begging.”

Hired To Humiliate

Contractual teachers are in mental depression as they can’t feed their families and now Covid19 is killing them. “On average, 50 thousand students got admission in different 54 Degree colleges of the Kashmir Division. Now you can calculate the income, these colleges have! Whereas these newly admitted students are waiting for their online classes, perhaps that is not possible in this year in Kashmir Division,” Nengroo said.

On the other hand, the administration of the Jammu Division is in the process of engaging the teachers for the new academic session 2021-2022. “We have to accept that they are sincere towards their young generation as far as their education is concerned. They care for their future and for their well being as well,” he added.

He requested higher-ups to kindly look into the matter at the earliest so that our dependent families will not suffer further as delay in our utilization of services will definitely impact us to the extent that our families will starve.

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