Srinagar: Despite the Governor barring incumbent Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University, Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, not to conduct interviews or take any policy decisions, the varsity authorities on Tuesday conducted interviews for internal promotions without seeking approval from the Chancellor.
Kashmir Reader on Monday reported that the varsity had been told by the Raj Bhawan not to conduct interviews or take policy decisions.
However, experts from outside the Valley along with the university authorities conducted interviews for multiple vacant posts.
On January 25, principal secretary to Governor, Umang Narula, sent a circular to Vice Chancellors of Kashmir and Jammu universities asking them not to take policy decisions or make fresh appointments for teaching and non-teaching staff without seeking consent from the Governor.
The order a copy of which is with Kashmir Reader read, “In the context of the tenure of VC, University of Kashmir having already come to end and that of VC, University of Jammu, shortly coming to an end I am desired to convey directions that no decision in regard to any policy matter or relating to selection/appointments to various senior vacant posts (teaching/non-teaching) should be taken without seeking the prior written approval from the office of the Chancellor”.
A Kashmir University professor wishing not to be named told Kashmir Reader the conducting interviews for internal promotions are subjected to policy making as well as appointments.
VC KU, Prof Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi, Registrar Prof Khurshid Ahmad Butt and Public Relation Officer Faheem Aslam did not respond to repeated calls and texts from Kashmir Reader.