Srinagar: Two days after Prof Talat assumed charge as Kashmir University Vice Chancellor (VC), the varsity has “relieved” Registrar, Prof Khursheed Ahmad Butt from the post.
Dean College Development Council, Prof Nilofar Hassan Khan has been given the additional charge as Registrar KU, an order issued on Thursday by Deputy Registrar of the varsity, Dr Feroz Ahmad Gurkoo said.
The order said that Prof Butt was relieved from the post “at his own request”.
A professor in the varsity’s Department of Commerce, Prof Butt served as Director KU south Campus as well before holding the vital assignment as Registrar since May 2017.
A source within the university told Kashmir Reader that the Thursday’s order ‘relieving’ the registrar was issued after Prof Butt tendered his resignation on Wednesday.
After Prof Talat’s assumed the charge, his maiden decision was removing special secretary to former VC Faheem Aslam and replacing him with Dr Tanveer Shah, who was Joint Registrar Development.
Appointing a new Registrar and Special Secretary are seen as a priority of Prof Talat to bring his own team, which is is a “normal practice” within the university. “You do not know what his priorities are,” a source said.
A senior professor in the university said that it was “in the interest of the university if Prof Talat wants to work with like-minded people. Obviously, you will work with an officer you are comfortable with. The concern is that the reshuffle should be in the interest of the varsity,” he added.
Although the KU authorities have named Prof Nilofar Khan to hold the additional charge of registrar, the source said that the post would be advertised afresh after sometime. Meanwhile, in the process of ongoing rejig, Muslim Jan, a senior editor at Media Education Research Centre (MERC) KU was appointed as the ‘Media Coordinator’.
The university fraternity has hailed the appointment of Prof Khan and Dr Tanveer and thanked Vice Chancellor KU Prof Talat for taking “positive initiatives aimed at bringing more vibrancy to the KU campus”.