Tailored advertisement to help blue-eyed kin of CUJ VC

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JAMMU, May 17: The Central University of Jammu (CUJ) has again landed itself in a serious controversy by issuing a tailored advertisement for the post of public relations officer (PRO) to benefit a particular candidate. The CUJ had to bite dust last year when it earlier tried to appoint a person not having the requisite experience for the post.

However, the CUJ has not learnt any lesson and has again advertised the post on April 28 with tailored age limit and professional qualification of the candidate.

There were allegations that the vice-chancellor Ashok Aima last time also went out of the way to recruit a particular candidate but his efforts were thwarted as the CBI stepped in and summoned the then registrar Jit Singh for questioning on the issue in the CBI office at Jammu. The Jammu media had also highlighted the issue as a result of which the VC developed cold feet and shelved the appointment.

However, serious discrepancies have been noticed in the fresh advertisement in which the CUJ has enhanced the age limit to 40 years from 35 years in the last year’s advertisement.

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The last year’s advertisement also did not carry any mention of experience as PRO in any other recognized university but this time the CUJ has taken care of inserting this clause to help a particular candidate who is considered blue-eyed boy of Aima.

Lot of dust was raised last time when Aima tried to appoint Rajan Badyal, a just appointed PRO of the Shri Mata Vaishnodevi University (SMVDU), by ignoring the clause of 5 years experience although Badyal had experience of about 8 months only.

A RTI from the SMVDU had made it clear that Badyal was earlier a clerk in the Public Relation section and was appointed PRO just about 8 months ago when he last year applied for the post in CUJ. Keeping in view contents of the RTI, he now has experience as PRO of only one year and a couple of months.

He also did not carry a no-objection certificate from the SMVDU but was allowed to appear in the interview by the authorities by violating the mandatory clause for candidates in government service. The SMVDU is a state university and therefore it was mandatory for the candidate to attach the no-objection certificate.

The Prime Minister Narendera Modi has been stressing for a transparent and clean administration throughout the country, but Aima was continuing to defy his orders and running the CUJ like his personal property.