Srinagar: Faculty and scholars of Kashmir University’s Zoology department are on strike since Friday against the department’s head, Prof Ulfat Jan for ‘breaching’ the University law and bringing her ‘favoured’ scientist from SKUAST to review the PhD and M Phil synopsis of the researchers.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that HoD Ulfat in contravention to the rules got four synopsis reviewed from a scientist at SKUAST. The said resource person of SKUAST however, doesn’t fall in the approved expert panel of the department, which has led to the current standoff. Sources said that a meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor was called but it remained inconclusive after the faculty persisted with their demand of removing the incumbent HoD.
“How can we expect a person to review a research paper when he is not entitled to? That SKAUST member had sought some irrational changes in the research proposals. When the HoD was reminded about the University’s prescribed rules she humiliated his subordinates in front of everyone,” sources told Kashmir Reader.
Insiders said that the department has not got any scholar registered for this year. “The result of the fourth semester students, who otherwise should have completed their degrees, is still awaited as University examination calendar has not been followed during the tenure of Prof Ulfat. We apprised Dean Academics Affairs of such issues in the beginning of this academic session. But there’s no change in her attitude.”
Sources said that she threatens faculty, scholars and students about her clout with some ministers and governor office.
The agitated faculty sources said had set a three-day deadline to the authorities to remove her from the post so that normal work functions again.
“Our career is at stake. Our results are pending, research work has got affected as departmental research committee meeting was not held. If HoD madam doesn’t share good equation with my supervisor, then a scholar too has to suffer,” said a group of students and scholars.
Prof Ulfat however, stated the strike is due to “internal rivalry”.
“Basically four synopses were sent to SKUAST and on getting them revised from there, the supervisors were told to modify them. They were reluctant but VC banged them and they submitted synopses with due changes. The issue has been resolved now,” Ulfat told Kashmir Reader.
However, interim VC Prof A M Shah stated he has received a representation from the faculty and that a committee would be constituted to look into the matter.