SRINAGAR: Governor Narinder Nath Vohra, who is the Chancellor University of Kashmir has sought a probe by Vigilance Commission into an arbitrary conversion of the post of Placement Officer into Medical Officer at the University to facilitate the entry of a wait-list candidate — daughter of CUK Vice Chancellor.
Vohra, according to a reply to an RTI query, expressed concern at the “serious violation of the codal requirements” and has directed that the case, along with an enquiry report by the state’s Higher Education department, be urgently referred to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), State Vigilance Commission, “for time-bound detailed enquiry in the entire matter”.
The appointee in question, Dr Iqra Mehraj, who is the daughter of the Vice Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, Professor Mehraj-ud-Din Mir, was appointed as Medical Officer at the university after converting the post of a higher grade Placement Officer (Business and Financial Studies), into a lower grade Medical Officer in University’s Zakura Campus temporarily.
Two posts of Medical Officer available at the KU Health Centre were advertised on September 11, 2012, but the positions could not be filled. The posts were re-advertised on December 11, 2014, and 28 applications were later shortlisted by the Medical Superintendent of SMHS Hospital, Dr Nazir Choudhary, nominated as Screening Officer.
Dr Iqra was among the shortlisted candidates, and her name appeared at Serial No. 1 of the waiting list after interviews were conducted in April 2015 in the presence of the incumbent VC, Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi. However, in August 2015, two candidates recommended by the statutory Selection Committee, Dr Azhar and Dr Suraya, were recruited for the positions.
Dr Iqra challenged the appointment of Dr Suraya in court alleging that she was over age.
Documents accessed by Kashmir Reader show that the University, on advice of its legal counsel, took arbitrary decisions to accommodate the complainant by converting the post of Placement Officer into Medical Officer, a step frowned upon by Governor Vohra, for violating the “codal requirements”.