Govt delays repatriation of KU employees from Ladakh

Proposal finalised, order to be issued after approval: Com Secy GAD
Govt delays repatriation of KU employees from Ladakh
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Srinagar, Nov 6: The J&K government has delayed the process for repatriation of the in-place staff of the University of Kashmir (KU) from the erstwhile satellite campuses of KU in Leh and Kargil to its main campus at Hazratbal.

The delay in the repatriation of the staff to the KU Hazratbal campus has left the aggrieved employees in Ladakh University at the receiving end.

The KU employees including professors and non-teaching staff have been demanding their repatriation to the main campus post abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of J&K state into J&K and Ladakh union territories.

The J&K government after ordering division of assets post reorganisation of J&K took over the administrative control of KU on its satellite campuses in Leh and Kargil.

The government had decided to start the newly-established Cluster University (CU) Leh from KU’s satellite campuses at Leh and Kargil districts.

Following this, the in-place staff of KU had demanded to be shifted back to the KU’s main campus in Kashmir.

“For the past two years, the government did not initiate the process of our repatriation to KU main campus,” an aggrieved employee said.

The repatriation of in-place KU employees has been delayed by the government despite obtaining NoC from KU as well as from the University of Ladakh (UoL).

The Cluster University of Ladakh (UoL), as well as KU, has submitted their NoC to the Higher Education Department (HED) for repatriation of in-place staff of KU to its main campus.

The KU Registrar in the NoC has said that around 17 professors and three junior assistants were appointed in Leh and Kargil satellite campuses of which 16 professors and all junior assistants had personally approached the varsity authorities and demanded their repatriation to the main campus.

“While exercising their options for serving in J&K and Ladakh, they have opted for serving in J&K,” the NOC reads.

The Registrar of Cluster UoL has also conveyed his consent for the repatriation of these employees from Leh and Kargil campuses to KU’s main campus.

“The teaching and non-teaching staff may be repatriated to KU’s main campus and they will be subsequently posted at satellite campuses of KU in Kashmir as per the requirement,” reads the NoC issued by KU Registrar.

The KU Registrar has further conveyed no objection if these 16 professors and three junior assistants are transferred along with the post to KU.

The UoL has also given its NoC for repatriation of the teaching faculty of the erstwhile satellite campuses of KU to its main Hazratbal campus.

An employee said that the government had earlier asked the Higher Education Department (HED) to submit the proposal for the repatriation of these employees to Kashmir.

“The HED has already submitted its proposal to the government but the employees are still waiting for their repatriation for the past two years,” an employee said.

Commissioner Secretary GAD, M K Dwivedi told Greater Kashmir that the proposal for repatriation of the employees had been finalised.

“The order will be issued once the approval is granted from the government,” he said.

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