SMVDU private university, claims CU to justify twisting rules

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The issue of recruitment of staff in central university has taken another turn with Vice-Chancellor Ashok Aima claiming that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) is a private university.

According to sources, he said this to save his skin since he had been caught on wrong foot for having denied interview opportunity in one case and having allowed another candidate with the same demerit. They added that the vice-chancellor Prof. Ashok Aima immediately issued a clarification in the media claiming that the other candidate had been allowed since he had come from SMVDU which is a private university.

The controversy pertaining to recruitment of controller of examination, finance officer and PRO had been in the news wherein it had been alleged that rules had been flouted apparently to benefit certain candidates. Aima, according to sources had claimed that mandatory no objection certificate (NOC) was not required in his case as he was an employee of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) which is a private university.

Aima tried to create an impression that the SMVDU was a private university and as such there was no need of the no-objection certificate (NOC) from that university before appearing in the interview. However, the website of the Universities Grants Commission (UGC) clearly defines the SMVDU as a State University and not a private university. The SMVDU is listed as a state university of the UGC and not in the separate list of private universities.

The official website of the SMVDU clearly states that the university has been established under THE Jammu And Kashmir Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Act-1999.an Act of the J&K State Legislature (ACT No. XII of 1999 dated 12th May 1999). It also states that the University also receives funding from UGC (University Grants Commission).

Sources said that the candidates are apprehending that Aima was deliberately trying to mislead the public and the media on the issue as he was probably under pressure to benefit particular candidate who had flouted rules by keeping his parent university in the dark and not obtaining the mandatory NOC.

Moreover, a section of candidates has pointed out that Badyal did not possess the required experience of five years as PRO as he was appointed on the post by SMVDU only a couple of months ago and prior to that he was an office assistant (clerical cadre). They further said that Aima’s ploy is to somehow get Badyal employed in the central university.

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