Embarrassment for Jammu University after case goes to Crime Branch

Jammu, 02 March: The Jammu University Syndicate has agreed for Crime Branch investigation into the suspicious recruitment shenanigans which came to light over the issuance of an interview call letter to a candidate, who had not even appeared in the entrance test for the post of Assistant Registrar in Jammu University.

Since the Vice-Chancellor re-advertised the vacant posts of Assistant Registrar in the aftermath of recognition of irregularity, the Jammu University Syndicate has decided that the candidates who have turned overage at the time of re-advertisement would  be considered for age relaxation. This consideration will come into effect only if these candidates were not overage on the last date of the earlier advertisement notice number Adm/C&R/11/1677-1776, dated 29-08-2011.

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Curiously, the daughter of the existing Vice-Chancellor, Prof R.D. Sharma is also an applicant for the post of Assistant Registrar. Keeping this in view, the Syndicate has decide that the matter hereon will be dealt by the Financial Advisor (Universities) through the Registry.

These important decisions were taken recently in a meeting which the Vice-Chancellor decided not to attend as his own daughter is an applicant for the post of Asst Registrar. The second highest decision making body in his absence took the decisions.

This development is significant because the re-advertisement of the Asst. Registrar post had been linked largely to the VC’s interest in accommodating his daughter. The issue snowballed into a controversy and more ghosts from the past had come to fore.

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Internal investigations had revealed how those on top of the affairs in University of Jammu were manipulating the functioning including the selection procedure for various posts to derive benefits for relatives and favourites and outrageously ignoring the deserving and eligible candidates.

This controversy gets fortified by examples of multiple such appointments where even an influential clerk in Jammu University, who had not even appeared in the Written Test for the post of AR, was invited by the Competent Authority for interview before the selection committee.

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“In order to get the matter thoroughly investigated vis-à-vis the lapse that has occurred regarding issuance of the interview call letter to the candidate, who had not appeared in the entrance test, the same be referred to the Crime Branch,” resolved the Syndicate on its item number 109-61, part (c).

During deliberations, the Syndicate also felt that there is a need to revisit the existing panel of Legal Counsels of both the universities (JU and KU), which  should engage the services of reputed legal firms having Advocates of long standing and reputation on their rolls.

For the purpose, the JU Syndicate resolved that Vice-Chancellors of both the universities  will get the names of senior and reputed Advocates, and the list shall be submitted to the Chancellor to obtain his approval. Thereafter the contract of  service will be entered  by the  concerned university with such Advocates who shall be empanelled from the list so submitted initially for a period of three  years, further extendable by another two years.

With inputs from Daily Excelsior

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