Raise issues of twice-a-year admissions, shoddy vehicle ban inside campus, and promotion hassles
SRINAGAR: The Kashmir University Teachers’ Association (KUTA) has written a letter to Vice Chancellor, Prof Talat Ahmad over what they called “anti teacher stance” of Registrar KU and his “lax and confrontationist attitude” in solving their issues.
The KUTA alleged that the Registrar, despite several reminders to resolve the teachers’ grievances, was “dilly-dallying by seeking unnecessary and needless clarifications from either the UGC or from sister universities”, even as the regulations were “absolutely clear on these issues”.
“This reflects the lack of commitment of the present Registrar in resolving these issues and that is exactly what we had apprehended when he was appointed as the Registrar,” KUTA said in the letter.
The letter added that for more than one and a half month, since the restrictions on vehicles inside the campus were implemented by the administration, “no alternative arrangements of transport within the campus have been made, so much so that not even one bicycle or battery driven vehicle has been added for use by the staff or students”.
The Registrar, the KUTA has alleged, “had no clue at all regarding implementation of his own order, which had at one point of time turned into a bone of contention within KUTA”.
The implementation of the vehicle ban inside the KU campus as per KUTA “has been a big failure so far even though KUTA Presidium has been religiously following the directions regarding parking of vehicles outside the main campus”.
The KUTA has also raised questions over the KU’s decision to hold PG admissions twice a year.
It said that the 2nd round of admissions that was supposed to be completed by the end of this year, was being delayed till March next year.
“Thus our apprehension that it won’t be practically possible to hold two admissions in a single year have proved right and consequently, the regular batch of aspirants that has already lost more than a year on account of their delayed end-semester examinations is now likely to lose one more precious year due to the delay on their PG admissions,” reads the KUTA letter.
Alleging that the decision to hold two PG admissions a year had been made “without taking teachers and HODs on board” the KUTA has said, “This reflects complete lack of experience and farsightedness of the Registrar on such issues in spite of a failed supplementary shift scheme initiated and experienced by the university earlier”.
The KUTA has also alleged that the Registrar, instead of giving administrative approval to the promotion of university teachers already approved by a screening committee “has blocked any progress on those matters by either raising irrelevant queries or by referring the matter to UGC for clarification, which has never been received since long”.
Besides, the “two-tier screening committees constituted recently by the administration is in clear violation of UGC regulations 2018”.
“This system is likely to reinforce authoritarianism, red tapism, cause inordinate delays in the selection process and multiply the sufferings and miseries of the promotion aspirants”.
The KUTA also alleged that the issues of the teaching community including allowances, leave encashment among others were “referred back to the Financial Advisor UGC, sister universities etc for clarification in spite of absolutely clear regulations and thus dilly dallying and sleeping over the issues and making teachers suffer immensely rather than sorting them out well in time”.
The teachers’ body added that “uniform treatment is not being accorded to the extension cases of retiring teachers”.
“Day in and day out, gross irregularities and goof ups are surfacing in the examination wing bringing a lot of bad name and disrepute to the varsity,” the KUTA said.
It has further added that advertisements for posts had not been notified “for years together causing a lot of hardships to the concerned departments and centres”.
“Vacant positions for which advertisements were published in 2016 are yet to be filled up even after their validity got lapsed,” the KUTA has alleged.
The letter to the VC added that in case of inaction, the teachers will be “forced to launch a severe agitation till he (Registrar) is sacked”.
Registrar KU, Prof Nisar A Mir however told Kashmir Reader that the issues raised by the KUTA did not pertain to his domain.
“See, the two PG admission sessions have been decided by concerned deans. The non-completion of the job advertisement notifications they are referring to, are two years old. What has it got to do with me?” Prof Mir asked.
He said that the recruitment process had been stuck due to the recently concluded election Model Code of Conduct.