The authorities in the higher education department (HED) have decided not to hire academic arrangements for degree colleges in Kashmir for the current academic session. The decision has left the educated unemployed youth dejected who accused the department of marring their career.
A group of candidates possessing P.hD and NET degrees saidthe government was chocking opportunities for the qualified youth in theValley.
"We were eagerly waiting for contractual forms this year sothat we could have earned our livelihood for our family. However, this year,there has been unnecessary delay in its advertisement process," they said.
They said the department was extending the term of theacademic arrangements hired in colleges last year which they said was "sheerinjustice" with the scholars awaiting for the advertisement of the posts.
"We are highly qualified NET-JRF, SET, PHD and Post doccandidates. We cannot sit idle for three months or one year. We deserve respectand a dignified living," the candidates said.
On Saturday, the tenure of academic arrangements hired incolleges last year was extended up to 31 July on the same terms and conditionsthat were applicable to these candidates for the session 2018-19.
"The administrative department conveys approval forextension in the term of the candidates engaged on academic arrangement incolleges for 2018-19 academic session," reads the letter shot to nodalprincipal Kashmir colleges by Under Secretary of higher education department.
The HED has stopped the fresh advertisement for academicarrangements in view of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which came into effectin the state after the notification of parliamentary elections was issued.
"But hiring academic arrangement is a continuous process andwon't violate MCC in state.
The decision will ruin the carrier of meritoriouscandidates. The department should invite fresh applications and select thecandidates on basis of merit," they said.
The recently appointed director colleges J&K, MuhammadYaseen Shah said he assumed the charges on March 8 and had "little knowledgeabout the issue."
"There are some issues in it. The process was supposed to becompleted by end of February but this year the process has not been initiated,"he said. He said the process was not initiated later due to imposition of MCCin the state.
"But I am sure that once MCC is over fresh applications willbe invited from candidates. By that time we will use services of academicarrangements hired last year as their term has been extended," he said.