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Academic section proposes appointment of contractual teachers for 3 years, teachers oppose
Teachers of University of Kashmir at loggerheads with academic section of varsity
2/7/2019 10:36:15 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Feb 7: A notification issued by Deputy Registrar Academic Affairs, University of Kashmir about the continuation of contractual lecturers or otherwise has created ripples among the teaching faculty of the varsity.
The notification has been issued despite the reservations by teaching faculty and they have in fact shot a representation to Vice-Chancellor of the university in this regard. The teaching faculty has opposed the proposal to appoint contractual teachers for three years at the varsity.
On January 17, 2019, Deputy Registrar Academic Affairs issued a notification vide notice number (Appt. Contractual) DAA-KU/2019 asking all the Heads/ Directors/ Coordinators of the departments/centres of the main and satellite campuses to submit the list of contractual lecturers to be replaced for the new academic session 2019.
In the notice, the Deputy Registrar Academic Affairs has said the higher ups of the different departments as well as centres who fail to respond shall have agreed in principle to continue services of contractual lecturers engaged by them in the previous academic session i.e., 2018. The issuance of the notice has come in for sharp criticism from the teaching faculty of the university who demand that contractual teachers should be appointed session wise and not for a period of three years at a stretch. The teaching faculty has said that the system of appointment of contractual teachers for three years as proposed by Academic section of the varsity is 'faulty'.
The Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) has said the issuance of notice is also not prudent since the teachers of the varsity are on vacation these days. The Association said that given this fact it would not be possible for the heads of the departments as well as centres to respond to the notice issued by Deputy Registrar Academic Affairs.
It would be in place to mention here that last year the KUTA had shot a representation to Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir Professor Talat Ahmad asking him not to allow the process of appointment of contractual teachers for three years. The Association has said that appointment of contractual teachers at the varsity should be restricted to a year and not three years.
In the representation it has been said that if candidates are appointed as contractual teachers for three years then their claim on the vacant substantive positions on the basis of teaching experience period will become stronger thus affecting the appointments on permanent positions too in due course of time. It has also been written in the representation that the candidates who have higher qualification, merit and credentials will not be in a position to apply on session-to-session basis thus diminishing the chances of attracting more meritorious candidates on contractual basis.
Early Times has learnt from sources that some of the officials manning higher positions at the varsity want their kith and kin to get adjusted as contractual teachers and that too for a period of three years. They said that once a person is appointed as contractual teacher for three years then he or she may influence the university authorities to regularize his or her services with the passage of time.
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