Registrar says the bar is only meant for senior positions
Srinagar: The government has barred Kashmir University (KU) vice-chancellor (VC) from conducting any interviews or taking policy decisions because the term of the incumbent Vice chancellor (VC) expired last year.
A communiqué from the Governor’s office received by the varsity directed KU VC to stop conducting interviews for fresh recruitment. The varsity was going to conduct interviews for multiple positions from today with experts already in the Valley.
Kashmir University Registrar Prof Khurshid Ahmad Butt confirmed the development, saying the order bars recruitment for senior positions only. “We are conducting interviews tommrow but they are not meant for senior positions,” he told Kashmir Reader on phone.
The incumbent VC Prof Khurshid Andrabi’s term expired October last year. However, Andrabi is fighting for extension of his tenure in a court, as the university amended the tenures of vice chancellors while he was in office.
He filed a petition in September 2017 in order to seek extension of his tenure under the amendments made to Kashmir University Act in 2015.
A couple of days ago the government had directed Vice Chancellor of Jammu University, who too is seeking the extension of his tenure, to postpone all scheduled interviews/selection as his term is also coming to an end in a couple of months.
“This has reference to communication No.PS/Adv/CM/004/18 dated 09/01/2018, issued by the office of Advisor to Chief Minister, J&K,” reads a letter (vide no.PS/HED/2018/JU) shot from the office of the Advisor to Chief Minister to Jammu University Vice Chancellor, which says, “In this connection, I am directed to request you to postpone the selection process/interviews scheduled in the University of Jammu till a decision about your successor is taken by competent authority.”
A Kashmir University professor wishing anonymity told Kashmir Reader that previous Vice Chancellors would stop the recruitment process six months prior to their term’s end. However, Andrabi is conducting interviews when his term has already expired.
Kashmir University Public Relation Officer, Faheem Aslam, told Kashmir Reader that Andrabi has not conducted any interviews after his tenure expired.
Andrabi, however, did not respond to calls and text messages by this reporter.