Jammu Tawi, May 30
Flaying the authorities at the helm of affairs in University of Jammu (JU), the National Secular Forum (NSF) expressed resentment over the deteriorating system in Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) which led to failure in reviving the PG courses in Economics and Political Science which were closed three years ago.
Addressing a press conference, NSF State Spokesperson Manmohan Singh lambasted the Vice Chancellor for derailing the academic process in DDE owing to his prejudices and vested interest. “It is the poor administration of Vice Chancellor which led to closure of PG courses in Economics and Political Science which were otherwise running smoothly in DDE,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor failed to fix the responsibility of closure of those courses and didn’t even try to revive those as if he had interest in the same, he said adding that the Vice Chancellor only played politics and spoiled the academics in DDE by promoting favoritism and nepotism.
He also said, “The matter regarding the engagement of contractual teaching faculty was taken up by the Campus Deans in their meeting on July 7, 2015 wherein it was resolved that one lecturer be engaged for enrolment of 500 candidates for PG courses in DDE and no recruitment was required for UG courses. But, the VC Prof Ramji Dass are willfully ignoring the resolution. It speaks volume about the anarchy spread by the JU authorities with respect to obeying resolutions of Campus Dean meeting,” he elaborated.
He also cited the engagement of contractual lecturer in Dogri for PG course which recorded enrolment figure of 182 and 175 respectively for sessions 2016-17 and 2017-18. He alleged that pick and choose was being followed by the authorities at the helm of affairs in JU. He blamed the Vice Chancellor for deliberately indulging in such acts to settle the personal agendas.
Manmohan also questioned the rationale behind advertisement of contractual posts in DDE especially for those courses wherein permanent faculty members were already engaged. “It is surprising that permanent faculty members in few subjects were not performing any duties for the last many years but still the Vice Chancellor wants contractual teachers in those subjects. He should make it clear as to who he is favouring through creation of these positions,” he added.
The Manmohan urged the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor to take cognizance of the irregularities being committed by Prof Ramji Dass Sharma, which is sheer abuse of position. He demanded stern action the Vice Chancellor for ruining the DDE. Among those who were present in the press-conference included, Papinder Singh, Ishtiaq Naik and Anshu Sharma.