Academics at stake: ‘Additional charges’ affect productivity and functioning at Kashmir University

Srinagar: For the last one decade many Kashmir University officials continue to hold multiple charges which has affected the functioning and productivity of the varsity.

Earlier, in 2011, the University decided to implement “one man-one post” for better academic outcomes, however, nothing has been implemented on ground so far.

Kashmir University which is the highest institute of learning in Kashmir had not advertised posts for several vacancies due to which already existing faculty have been ‘overburdened with the additional charges of administrative departments due to which they cannot do the justice with their job’.

The faculty holding the additional charges include, Nisar Ahmad who is the Registrar of KU and is also holding charge of State Resource Centre and Director Convocation, Professor Farooq Mir, the Head of the Physic Department and is also holding the additional charges of Director Admission, Dr Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, the Additional Controller Examination and is also holding charge of Controller Examination, Dr Nisar, Associate professor of Pharmaceutical Department and is also holding charges of Director Physical Education and Sports.

Similarly, Professor Anwar from Statics department is holding additional charge of Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (DIQA), Junior Scientist Dr Marouf Qadri is holding the additional charge of Director Information Technology and Support System, Associate Professor of Geography, Professor Ishtiaq is holding additional charge of Kupwara Campus of Kashmir University and Professor Peerzada from Chemistry department is holding additional charge of Chief Librarian.

Professor Showkat, chief proctor and is also holding the additional charge of Dean School of Education, Professor Ajaz, Head of the Linguistic Department and is also holding the additional charges of Provost.

An official at the Kashmir University said on the condition of anonymity that more than 20 administrative posts are lying vacant for the last 10 years due to which professors and associate professors have been given additional charges of administrative departments.

“Officials who are holding additional charges are not able to do justice with their job. They cannot make any major decision. Take for instance North, South and Kupwara campus of Kashmir University. They are not developed campuses because people who are heading them are on temporary bases and cannot take any hard decisions which have affected the developments in these campuses,” the official said.

He said that for the last one decade at least eight directors have been replaced in south campus because the varsity has not recruited any permanent faculty there.

Kashmir University Vice Chancellor, Professor Talat refused to comment on the issue and told Free Press Kashmir that “whatever you want to write, write it, don’t disturb me I am doing some work. I am not looking after this press”.


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