Amid stiff opposition, VC appoints new Registrar at KU
Srinagar: Amid stiff opposition, the authorities in Kashmir University (KU) appointed Dr. Nisar Ahmad Mir as the new registrar of the varsity.
The appointment order has been issued by the vice-chancellor of the Kashmir University (KU) Prof. Talar Ahmad.
In wake of this, Nisar Mir on Monday assumed his office as new registrar of the varsity soon after the order was issued.
The KU authorities had initiated process for appointment of new Registrar controller examination as both the posts were put to advertisement last year.
As per the notification issued by incumbent in-charge registrar KU last year, applications were invited from eligible candidates for the posts.
“Applications on prescribed application form along with details of qualification, experience and contribution to profession/research are invited for the positions of Registrar and Controller of Examinations in the Kashmir University,” read the notification.
As per notification, the appointment will be purely on tenure basis for a period of three years.
“The duly filled-in application form should reach the office of the assistant registrar (Recruitment), administrative block by or before October 27, 2018,” it read.
An official said around five applications were received for the post of registrar out of which two applicants were shortlisted including former registrar central University of Kashmir (CUK) Muhammad AfzalZargar and newly appointed registrar DrNisar Ahmad Mir. However, the final selection was delayed for almost a month as there was opposition over appointment of Nisar Mir as new registrar.
“The VC was tight lipped and delayed the appointment for some time. He tried to pacify the opponents and issued the formal appointment order in favour of Nisar Ahmad Mir,” an official said.
Earlier, Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) had demanded that the position of the varsity’s registrar should be held only by an academician “in the larger interests of the institution and academics.”
“An appeal has been made to the chancellor and vice-chancellor to issue necessary orders towards that end in consonance with the past practice and convention. Their support and cooperation has been solicited in selection of only an academician of remarkable academic credentials besides sufficient administrative experience as the new registrar who could lead the university to new heights,” the KUTA statement read.
The KUTA said it neither intends to promote nor discredit any individual aspirant but “it has been a longstanding policy of KUTA to strive for engagement of only academicians on all academic positions.
Despite opposition from academicians, the KU administration cleared appointment of Nisar Ahmad Mir as new registrar of the varsity.
Mir has earlier served as joint secretary in University Grants Commission (UGC) and Registrar in National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar.
Besides looking after various bureaus in UGC Mir was country head for the prestigious National Academic Depository (NAD) project as well.
He has previously worked as deputy registrar at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) Rajouri, and also as Joint Registrar at Kashmir University (KU).
Besides his administrative experience, Mir has doctorate in Sociology and has edited four books as well.
He has published 30 research papers and has worked on nine research projects funded by different ministries.