Srinagar: It seems that the Kashmir University is taking Marxism’s classless society idea too seriously by keeping a Professor on a par with a Junior Assistant on examination duty during the 2018 State Eligibility Test in Jammu and Kashmir.
An order from the Department of Commerce’s HoD, a copy of which is with the Narrator, has placed a Professor from the Department and a Junior Assistant as invigilators during the 2018 SET exams.
Ironically, the order showed a Junior Assistant’s qualification as BA while as the qualification of an orderly was shown as MA.
The examination is scheduled on Sunday, 11 March.
Earlier, Narrator had carried a report about the deputation of non-teaching staff as invigilators while as the teaching staff was deputed as assistant supervisors thereby keeping the former subordinate to latter.
The KU officials, however, maintained that the invigilators are subordinate to assistant supervisors and said that the terminology is set by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
However, the officials failed to produce any UGC notice to support their claim. On the contrary, the UGC has used the terms “invigilator” and “supervisor” synonymously in a number of notices.
A source in KU says that coordinator SET in Srinagar, Prof Bhat, is “minting money” by deputing blue-eyed people as invigilators to their choicest places.
“It is ridiculous that the coordinator has set his private institution as one of the centres for the exam and doesn’t see any conflict of interest in it. There can be no overt expression of corruption than this,” a KU official said.
The official was referring to Fayaz Educational Institute (FEI), Nowgam, which has been listed among the centres.
Coordinator SET examination 2018 Prof Irshad Ahmad Nawchoo and Coordinator SET examination Srinagar Prof Fayaz Ahmad Bhat didn’t respond to the calls of this reporter.
The State of Jammu & Kashmir has been conducting the SET, previously called SLET, for determining the eligibility of candidates for selection as Assistant Professors in the Colleges and Universities of the State.