Srinagar: The Higher Education department has barred principals and officials of degree colleges in the state from “directly addressing letters and representations” to advisor to Governor.
Former Chief Information Commissioner, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, who was appointed advisor to governor Vohra in June, was allocated Higher Education Department by Vohra last month.
In a circular issued last month, Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Sarita Chauhan has said that officials at the degree colleges in the state were directly “addressing applications/representations to the Hon’ble Advisor (G)” for “redressal of their grievances”.
“The matter has been viewed seriously by the authorities. Therefore, it is enjoined upon all the principals not to address references directly to advisor (G) and to strictly route all the letters/ references through the Administrative Department,” the circular has directed.
The higher education department’s circular has warned the principals and officials at the colleges that “Non-complaince shall be viewed seriously and action as warranted under rules shall follow”.
Principals of the valley-based degree colleges, Kashmir Reader spoke to, cited issues of “hierarchy” and “protocol” in the higher education department for the directive.
“When a communication is routed through Director Colleges and Commissioner Secretary, all the formalities would be fulfilled unlike writing directly to the advisor. It will be easy for him to take action,” a principal said.
A top official in the Higher Education Department also said that the principals “cannot write directly to the advisor.”
“There is a certain hierarchy under which a principal has to write to the administrative secretary and he will submit the file to the governor’s advisor.”
The instructions to the principals not to write to the advisor directly were issued by the department after “directions from higher authorities,” the official said.