Srinagar: The State government on Thursday revealed that it was verifying qualification certificates of all the government employees who were recruited in last twenty years on the degrees issued by outside universities or study centers.
Replying to a question by the opposition National Conference legislator and former speaker Mubarak Gul in legislative assembly, the government said the exercise was being done by an enquiry committee of Planning Development and Monitoring Department which was constituted in compliance to the high court’s orders.
In September last year, the court had directed the Chief Secretary to provide details of all the candidates in the planning and statistical department who were appointed in last 20 years on degrees earned through outside universities or study centers.
The court had passed the direction after an aspirant for ReT teachers’ post failed in a simple test that was held in a court room. He had MA Economics certificate issued by Manav Bharti University but failed to write five lines about advanced macro economics, the subject he had qualified and secured 72 out of 100 marks as per the certificate.
He even failed to answer differences between monetary and physical economics despite copying from the material which was with him.
Faced with the situation, the candidate submitted before the court that he had obtained the certificate through some study center against huge amount. Replying to Gul’s other question as to whether credentials of teachers who have studied or managed the acquisition of the certificate from outside the State have been verified, the government said: “The School Education Department in 2015 constituted ‘Verification Cells’ in the Directorates to ascertain validity of the degrees of PG Masters/Teachers prior to realization of seniority lists. The officials who did not present their degrees for verification or those who did not meet the criteria prescribed vide Government Order No. 252-HE of 2012 dated 30.05.2012 were deleted from the seniority list.”
Based on these firmed up seniority lists, the government said, promotions as Lecturers were ordered in various subjects.