SRINAGAR: Five years ago, the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology, Kashmir, (SKUAST-K) advertised the post of editor but forgot to start the selection process.
In 2009, after the then editor of the varsity had resigned, SKUAST invited applications for the vacant post. And scores of eligible candidates had applied for the position.
However, the selection process, which was expected to begin within a month or two, never commenced. Nor were the applicants, who had been eagerly waiting for the process to begin, informed about the fate of the selection process.
“I applied for the post when it was advertised in 2009. I remember seeing queue of candidates waiting for their turn to submit the form,” Ashiq Ahmad, an applicant who managed to get himself a government job while waiting for the selection process to start, told Kashmir Reader. “But the process has still not started. It has been almost five years since I submitted the form in September 2009.”
“Till date, I have seen no information about the post in newspapers or on the website of SKUAST. It is almost as if they don’t bother about the candidates who apply for the post with high hopes,” Ashiq said.
The varsity, the applicants suspect, may have shelved the selection process just to benefit influential candidates.
“It usually happens that prized posts like that of the editor are advertised only when the authorities have pre-decided to employ an influential candidate. Here also, may be they are waiting for some influential candidate to attain eligibility before the post is re-advertised and selection process begins,” Arshad Ahmad, another applicant for the post, said.
Interestingly, the varsity authorities themselves seem to have forgotten about the post and the reasons that shelved the selection process.
“I remember we had advertised the post, but I don’t remember what exactly happened to the selection process. Registrar may have the knowledge of it,” Pervaiz Ahmad, Secretary to the varsity’s Vice-Chancellor, told Kashmir Reader.
The Registrar, Dr Tasleem Ganai, said he needs to check the file to know details about the “old case.”
“I have only recently taken over. It is a very old case, and I will have to check the file to see what went wrong,” he said.