Recruitment file of eligible candidates vanishes from KU

SRINAGAR: In an embarrassing situation, the Kashmir University’s Recruitment Cell has lost the file of candidates who had applied for the post of Production Assistants.
Reliable sources told Kashmir Reader that file containing documents of the candidates who had applied for the post last year in June has been missing from Recruitment Cell of the Valley’s highest seat of learning.
In June 2013, KU invited applications for the two posts of Production Assistants vide notification No. Gen-116 dated June 6, 2013, through Deputy Registrar, Recruitment of Kashmir University, which was available in the Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC).
The last date to submit the applications form was July 1, 2013. The application forms were accepted after a bank draft of Rs 500 drawn in favour of the Registrar, KU payable at JK Bank Hazratbal, Srinagar.
The file of eligible candidates, according to the sources, has gone missing either from the respective department or from the recruitment office where it was sent for finalization.
Sources said the authorities concerned have no answers for the applicants when asked for the status of their applications.
“They don’t have answers. Sometimes they tell the applicants that the applications are under process and it will take couple of weeks,” a senior official in the administration department of the University told Kashmir Reader.
The official said that it is beyond doubt that the file has been misplaced and lost.
“You can’t find any trace of the file in any department or anywhere in the Varsity. They are not able to produce the file before anyone,” said the official.
The applicants who have applied for the posts also confirmed that they made several rounds to know the status but every time the officials came up with excuses.
“For the past one year I have visited four times to know the status of our applications. But so far they don’t provide any convincing reply. They always come up with excuses. We got to know that the file has been misplaced,” one of the applicants told Kashmir Reader.
When contacted, university officials said they will look into the matter with the department concerned.
“Documents or files could not be misplaced as there is a proper system in the university,”  KU’s Deputy Registrar, Recruitment, Ashfaq Ahmad Zarri told Kashmir Reader.
He said that recruitment files are confidential and cannot be disclosed to anyone.
The acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ali Mohammad Shah, said, “I can’t say anything right now because all the officials have left the campus. I will call the concerned department officials and will see into this case myself.”