The Jammu Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) issued an advertisement notice for Panchayat Accounts Assistant in Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj on 06-07-2020. After this, the Board conducted OMR-based objective-type written test for selection of candidates to the 1889 posts advertised on 10-11-2020.The exam was attended by nearly one lakh and sixty-five thousand candidates. The results came on 25 Dec 2020. The JKSSB needs to be complimented for carrying out such a mammoth exercise in the shortest possible time. Also, the results declared were accepted by all aspirants, showing the efficiency and transparency involved. During the entire process of the exam, the aspirants were kept aware of all developments of JKSSB through its website. The JKSSB Chairman has reformed the institution and set high standards of excellence for it.
After the provisional list came out, students who had acquired their degrees in outside colleges and universities set for obtaining bonafide certificates is being demanded from them at the time of counselling and document verification by JKSSB. From here has started the difficulty for these candidates, who are finding this process no less than a painful and humiliating exercise for them.
Actually, JKSSB through its notification of 2015 had asked students who had degrees from outside institutions to bring a bonafide certificate. The aim was to check the veracity of degrees obtained from outside institutions. But JKSSB issued a format also: it told students to bring the bonafide in this specific format.
Now the things that makes aspirants weep is that outside universities have their own format of bonafide certificate, which only matches with the JKSSB format to the extent that it certifies a student as having good character during the course of his stay and of his degree completion in the institution. But JKSSB has kept a marks card details of the student in its bonafide format. Outside universities do not show this in their bonafide certificates. Rather, they give transcripts certificates for all semester marks. A student cannot ask a university to change the format of its bonafide certificate for him.
Also, many students have completed their degrees in colleges, hence bonafide will be issued by colleges rather than universities to which they are affiliated. Students are found these days begging before the universities’ authorities outside their state to give them the certificate in the JKSSB format, which they completely deny.
An unemployed youth who has got shortlisted finds it hard to spend huge amounts travelling outside the UT to bring this certificate. This certificate could have been easily obtained by the students by registering online on universities’ websites. But the format of JKSSB haunts them.
Moreover, if JKSSB wills, it can send the documents of students with degrees to universities outside through it institution with its authority letters to check their genuineness.
Hence, it is requested to Chairman JKSSB to have a kind look at this matter and issue a separate notification in which students are allowed to bring their own university’s format of bonafide along with transcript of marks. The Chairman should issue a message to its members to have a relaxed view with respect to the format of the bonafide certificates which students are issued by outside universities at the time of document verification.
The writer is a Panchayat Accounts Assistant candidate who has completed his degree in a university outside the UT of J&K. [email protected]