SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Wakf Board is a turf where National Conference and People’s Democratic Party’s political battles are fought in a benign way. Students and teachers of a nursing college run by the Board are the latest victims of this long-running feud.
Former leader of ruling PDP and Wakf vice-chairman Peer Mohammad Hussain has cancelled the appointment of clinical instructors at Bibi Halima College of Nursing and Medical Technology, who had been recruited in April this year.
The seven instructors had been appointed when National Conference loyalist MY Qadri was its vice-chairman.
Undoing the decisions of a preceding government is a common phenomenon in the state, especially in the Wakf.
While overruling his predecessor’s decision a month ago, Hussain is learnt to have said that Qadri had been appointed as the VC in 2009 and his term ended in 2014. He continued on the post till BJP-PDP coalition took over on the orders of former chief minister Omar Abdullah.
Hussain has said, the appointment of the instructors in April this year under Qadri’s command “is illegal”.
However, Hussain has given no reason for retaining 2 posts of assistant professors and five lecturers who had been appointed according to the same job notification in which the posts of the instructors had been advertised.
“We have been appointed through a proper process, submitted our documents and faced interviews,” said Aaliya, one of the seven clinical instructors.
In what is a contradiction of his own decision, Hussain has approved the appointment of two instructors on contract basis using the previous appointment order, after two of the selected candidates did not join their posts.
“If he has cancelled our appointments, how can he recruit people on contract basis on the basis of the same order?” one of the instructors asked, wishing anonymity.
“And they have not paid us our salaries for the past five months,” he said.
The instructors also said that their appointment could have been an ad hoc measure aimed at securing affiliation of the Indian Nursing Council for the college.
“The Council asks for staff strength and the dearth of faculty can mean that affiliation will not be granted. So the management recruited us and once they were sure about the affiliation they threw us out,” said another instructor.
The Wakf Board has now consulted the law department to handle the issue.
Hussain didn’t comment on the issue.