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Aspirants seek fair play in selections at SKUAST

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Allege that rules are not being followed while making appointments

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Allege that rules are not being followed while making appointments

Srinagar: The aspirants of various teaching posts in Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Kashmir on Monday accused the authorities of not following the guidelines set by University Grants Commission (UGC).
The agitated candidates said the varsity invited applications for the recruitment of Assistant professor and Associate professor for which candidates with eight years of experience as Assistant professor or equivalent were eligible.
“The screening committee didn’t follow the rules and counted service of research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, senior research fellows (in past) who are not equivalent to the post of Assistant professor,” an applicant said.
The candidates also alleged that some candidates have been termed eligible for the posts of Associate professor despite having less than six years of experience as Assistant professor.
“The period of experiences were counted for many persons who worked as research fellows, SRF’s and done post doctorate even before they were selected as Assistant professors in any government university. Research assistants, SRF’s and post doctorate fellowships are not equivalent to the Assistant professor,” the aspirants said.
They said SKUAST-K administration has included active period spend on pursuing PhD by in-service candidates without teaching assignments as service for direct recruitment vide which they said was gross violation of UGC norms.
“The varsity is not adopting 2018 UGC guidelines for the recruitment process and want to accommodate some blue eyed candidate in the varsity,” the aggrieved candidates said.
Vice chancellor SKUAST, Prof.Nazeer Ahmad however, refuted the allegation saying that they were not accommodating any blue-eyed candidate in the varsity.
“We can’t implement the new UGC guidelines unless the statuary provisions of our University don’t change. But we don’t have to accommodate any blue-eyed candidate in the varsity. The allegation is baseless,” the vice chancellor said.
He said the candidates who are complaining against the process were aware about the procedures followed by the varsity.
“Once guidelines are issued by UGC, we put them in our statuary body and bring changes in our statuary provisions accordingly. All the regulations are not directly implemented,” he said.


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