The Non-status quo academic arrangement (contractual) aspirants of Kashmir, on Wednesday, said that despite the acute shortage of teachers at the majority of colleges, higher authorities show reluctance to fill the academic arrangement vacancies and thereby leaving the careers of students in jeopardy.
The aspirants, in a statement, said that the Jammu and Kashmir higher education department would engage ‘academic arrangements’ to compensate for the dearth of teaching staff in the colleges.
“Every year when the notification is issued for the recruitment of college contractual, a section of candidates knocks the doors of the judiciary to maintain the status quo of previous candidates. The issue of status quo contractual is lingering for the last 10 years. In the last decade, no policy was framed to address the issues of the status quo and make the department function normally and on a merit basis. The layers are piling up every year and pushing the system into mess. Neither the higher officials address the ‘status quo’ issue nor do they have any policy instrument to clean the mess.” the statement read.
“Irony is that in the same state, the Jammu higher education is functioning quite normally and without any so-called ‘status quo’ issue. They recruit candidates every year purely on the basis of merit. It is despite the fact that people demanding the continuity of their service despite having pledged in the affidavit duly signed by the Magistrate that they would not claim permanency of the job. Inexplicably surprising!” the statement further read.
According to the statement, the issue has been caught in official wrangles, thus adversely affecting the academics in colleges. The system has closed doors for every meritorious student and has reduced the exit chance of those who nowhere falls in the merit list. The students have doctorate degrees; UGC-NET and good publications and still they don’t find their names in the selection list.
“The status quo has blocked their way to enter into the academic/teaching structure in our part of the world. This type of recruitment policy puts our whole educational system at crossroads and the future of hundreds of highly educated youths at stake. The need of the hour is that higher education officials should clean the system to let meritorious students enter the academic institutions for facilitating quality education.” the aspirants said in a statement.
“A better education system will make out students to compete in the job market world over and generate more revenue for the erstwhile state of J &K. A strong policy and courage is needed to get rid of the mess and make the education sector significantly functional.” the statement further read.
The aspirants have said that the counseling on the basis of merit shall be put into practice without any further delay. So that the meritorious candidates may get the opportunity to serve higher education effectively and efficiently. They have also said that the counseling should start as earlier as possible so that both teachers and students don’t suffer.
“The mess piled in the recruitment of the contractual faculties need to be cleaned to make smooth progress of higher education in future.” the aspirants said.