Srinagar: Candidates who had applied for posts of contractual faculty positions of Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) offices in Jammu and Kashmir Bank have expressed resentment over delay in the recruitment process.
As per the notification no.HRD/Rectt/2017-125, dated 22-05-2017, J&K Bank invited applications for contractual faculty positions last year for its 12 RSETI offices located in almost every district of the state, but till date, the outcome of the posts is not known.
Muzamil Hussain, a candidate, told Kashmir Reader that the bank advertised these positions by asking candidates to apply by sending a resume. “It was a novel way to invite applications by simply asking candidates to forward the respective resumes as it was assumed that it would spare time with unnecessary paperwork. But all these assumptions have been disproved. Till date, there is no news of what followed in the recruitment process,” he said.
The candidates – particularly those from the social sector, who lament about the shortage of vacancies in academics and other relevant sectors – are aghast at the steady recruitment process maintained by the bank. “We even visited the bank authorities with this issue, but they told us that they don’t know who advertised these posts,” a candidate alleged. The aggrieved aspirants termed the slow-paced selection process by the bank as a grave injustice to the educated youth. “The callous approach of the bank towards the recruitment process is taking a heavy toll on the candidates. Almost a year has passed, and they are yet to come up with the list of selected candidates for even the interview process,” Muneer Ahmad, another aspirant, said.
The candidates said that these institutes came into being with the support of the Ministry of Rural Development for creating a platform for unskilled youth to provide them training in various skill sets and help create their own entrepreneurial ventures by handholding and necessary linkage for credit.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a high-ranking official in J&K Bank’s corporate headquarters told Kashmir Reader that they (the bank authorities) deliberately did not complete the selection process as there are already faculty working there whom they want to have continue.
However, an official of the Human Resources Development division of the bank said that the selection process is still pending and can happen any time. “The selected candidates will be informed soon after the selection process is complete, and the higher authorities have to take a call on this. The previous faculty is still working till the new faculty will take over,” he said.