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Faculty protests continue at BGSBU for 11th day, talks with VC ‘fail’



KNO Correspondent

Srinagar, Jan 27 (KNO): Protests by faculty members of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, continued for the eleventh consecutive day on Friday after a meeting of the protesters with the Vice-Chancellor “ended on a futile note”, sources confirmed to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

The faculty members have been peacefully protesting since January 16 to seek removal of In-Charge Dean Academics, Prof Pervez Iqbal, who continues to hold the administrative position despite superannuating in 2018 at the age of 65 years. According to UGC regulations, no official can hold any administrative position after his superannuation in any University of the country.

The protesters said they were called by the VC to meet them in connection with their demands on Friday afternoon but the meeting didn’t yield the desired results.

“The VC is trying to buy time on our basic demand for the removal of Dean Academics. He (VC) told us that if Raj Bhawan directs him to remove the Dean, he will do it within minutes. At one time, the VC told us to give him four months to resolve all issues?” the protesters said, adding that the protests will continue until the basic demand of removal of Dean Academics is met.

If their demands are not met, the teachers have vowed to meet the LG Manoj Sinha to apprise him about “illegal continuation of the retired officer on administrative position in violation of UGC regulations.”

The protesting teachers are also demanding promotions under CAS which are pending for the last many years. Voices are also growing for a high-level probe by investigating agencies like Crime Branch and ACB into Rs 12.1 crore TQIP project over serious allegations of financial irregularities in it.

An inquiry has also been sought into promotion of three associate professors allegedly without following the rule book. Insiders are alleging that these select three teachers were promoted in violation of all UGC guidelines and the matter needs to be investigated by the LG Office.

Meanwhile, amid ongoing protests, a video showing a senior functionary of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, allegedly misusing an official vehicle to transport his pet dog has gone viral on social media.

The video shows the University’s Eeco Van bearing registration number JK11D-1779 carrying a senior university officer with his pet dog purportedly from Rajouri to Jammu. The video soon went viral on social networking sites, with many students from the University alleging misuse of official vehicles and looting of public exchequer by the authorities.

“Our departments are located far from each other. We don’t have any transport facility inside the campus and here (in the video) you can see how officials are misusing the university’s transport to carry their own pet dogs,” wrote one student on Facebook, where the whole video had generated a good number of views—(KNO)

University insiders allege that several officers are frequently misusing the university transport despite taking the transport allowance with their monthly salaries. “For even personal works like buying vegetables and milk, the university administrative officers use official vans and cars to and from the main market to BGSBU. This is a routine practice and nobody is allowed to raise a voice against it,” said a group of teachers.

After the meeting, a top officer of BGSBU told KNO that “all matters were resolved.” However, the official did not divulge the resolutions for each demand and also maintained a silence about the removal of retired officer Iqbal Parvez.

Regarding the viral video, the officer initially said the administration was not sure about the timing of the video and added: “I don’t know anything about it.”—(KNO)

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JKBOSE to release subject wise date sheet for classes 10th to 12th



Srinagar, Feb 05: For the examination of class 10th to 12th, Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education is going to release a subject-wise date sheet in the coming days.

The exams for class 10th, 11th and 12th will start from 4 March and the date sheet will be issued 15 days prior to the exams, said Joint Secretary Administration, Aijaz Ahmad Hakak

As the subject-wise date-sheet will be released in this month, he said that the arrangements for the exam are in place.

“The date-sheet is being finalized. The arrangements will also be made,” he said.

To streamline the academic calendar in J&K and Ladakh with the rest of the country, last year the administration of Jammu and Kashmir announced a uniform academic calendar, wherein the annual examination will be held in the month of March- April instead of October-November.

This is the first time the students of Jammu and Kashmir will be taking exams in the month of March-April.

Earlier, the order in this regard had been issued by Principal Secretary to the Government School Education Department, Alok Kumar and follows recommendations of a committee formed for the purpose.

On 30th April last year, the committee for implementation of Uniform Academic Calendar was constituted for both the Divisions of Jammu and Kashmir in sync with the Higher Education Department and the rest of the country.

The committee said that the theory examination in Jammu and Kashmir be conducted from 1st week of March as per the present academic calendar of Jammu Summer Zone (except in difficult areas of Jammu region) and some areas of Kashmir region.

The committee also said that the examination in these difficult areas shall be delayed and held from 2nd week of April as per the calendar proposed when these areas are fully accessible and the delivery of the examination stationary and confidential material is ensured.
“Even though if examination in these difficult areas shall be conducted separately, the result of these examination can he declared simultaneously, as although the ‘difficult’ areas’ constitutes of approx. 30-35% of the area the J&K, the total number of students from these areas is not more than approx. 10-12%,” said the committee.

According to the Uniform Academic Calendar, the students who appear in Class 10th and 11th examinations shall be provisionally admitted in Class 11th and 12th respectively after the board examinations are conducted.

Those students who fail to pass the exam, shall be permitted to continue their studies in Class 11th and 12th till the result of the Biannual/Annual Private examinations are declared. In respect of the candidates who fail to pass in bi-annual examination, provisional admission shall be cancelled. (Rising Kashmir)

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JKSSB Various Important Notifications, Check Here



JKSSB Various important notifications

1. Notice regarding Issuance of Admit Cards to the candidates for Computer Based Written Test (CBT) scheduled to be held from 06th to 08th February, 2023, for the posts of Labour Inspector, Labour Officer, Research Assistant, Assistant Law Officer, Junior Librarian, Motor Vehicle Inspector, Motor Vehicle Traffic Assistant, Driver / Driver-II / Tractor Driver, Senior Horticulture Technician, Election Assistant, Patwari / Settlement Patwari, Deputy Inspector Fisheries / Farm Manager & Inspector Fisheries / Farm Manager, of different departments, advertised vide Advertisement Notification Nos 04 of 2020, 05 of 2020, 06 of 2020, 07 of 2020, 01 of 2021, 02 of 2021, 03 of 2021, 04 of 2021 and 05 of 2022, respectively.

2. Cancellation of withheld Recommendation of candidate for the post of Sub-Inspector, Commercial Taxes/State Taxes Department (Finance Department).

3. Notice regarding Submission of Online Preferences and Document Verification of candidates falling under consideration zone for the Posts of Horticulture Technician Grade-IV, Horticulture Department, DistrictCadre, advertised vide Advertisement Notification No. 05 of 2021.

4. Provisional Selection List for the posts under Item No 189 (FMPHW/ANM, Jammu Division), Item No 234 (ANM/Dai, Kashmir Division), Item No 244 (Basic Health Worker, Kashmir Division), Item No 272 (Female MPHW, Jammu), Item No 273 (Female MPHW, Samba), Item No 274 (Female MPHW, Kathua), Item No 275 (Female MPHW, Udhampur), Item No 276 (Female MPHW, Ramban), Item No 277 (Female MPHW, Poonch), Item No 278 (Female MPHW, Srinagar), Item No 279 (Female MPHW, Ganderbal), Item No 280 (Female MPHW, Pulwama), Item No 281 (Female MPHW, Anantnag), Item No 282 (Female MPHW, Kulgam), Item No 283 (Female MPHW, Kupwara), Item No 284 (Female MPHW, Shopian), Item No 285 (Female MPHW, Budgam), Item No 286 (Female MPHW, Baramulla), Item No 321 (MMPHW, Jammu), Item No 322 (FMPHW, Jammu), Item No 345 (FMPHW, Reasi), Item No 346 (MMPHW, Reasi), Item No 373 (FMPHW, Samba), Item No 201 (Speech Therapist, Div. Kashmir), Item No 183 (Receptionist, Div. Jammu), Item No 229 (Receptionist, Div. Kashmir), Item No 162 (Artist, Div. Jammu), Item No 194 (Artist, Div. Kashmir), Item No 163 (Junior Occupational Therapist, Div. Jammu), Item No 196 (Junior Occupational Therapist, Div. Kashmir), Item No 185 (Junior Store Keeper, Div. Jammu), Item No 251 (Extension Educator, Div. Jammu), Item No 252 (Extension Educator, Div. Kashmir), Item No 386 Health Educator, Div. Kashmir), Item No 166 (Junior Physiotherapist, Div. Jammu), Item No 313 (Jr. Dental Tech, Jammu), Item No 332 (Jr. Dental Tech, Udhampur), Item No 341 (Jr. Dental Tech, Reasi), Item No 350 (Jr. Dental Tech, Doda), Item No 360 (Jr. Dental Tech, Ramban), Item No 368 (Jr. Dental Tech, Samba), Item No 376 (Jr. Dental Tech, Rajouri), Item No 383 (Jr. Dental Tech, Poonch), Item No 315, Jr. Opth. Tech., Jammu), Item No 326 (Jr. Opth. Tech., Kathua), Item No 351 (Jr. Opth. Tech., Doda), Item No 355 (Jr. Opth. Tech., Kishtwar), Item No 370 (Jr. Opth. Tech., Samba), Item No 378 (Jr. Opth. Tech., Rajouri), of Health and Medical Education Department, Advertisement no. 02 of 2021 dated 26.03.2021.

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Weatherman predicts snowfall as fresh WD to affect J&K tomorrow



‘Surface, air traffic, power supply likely to get affected’

Owais Gul

Srinagar, Jan 28 (KNO): The weatherman here has predicted fresh snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that a fresh Western Disturbance is affecting the Union Territory from tomorrow.

Talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Deputy Director Meteorological department (MeT) said that there is a possibility of fresh snowfall in J&K, especially in the higher reaches of the Union Territory.

He said that the main activity would be from January 29 evening or night, adding that the wet weather conditions are expected in J&K parts from tomorrow, which would continue till January 31.

The wet weather is expected till the end of this month, which marks the end of 40-day harshest winter period-Chila-i-Kalan.

Meanwhile, the MeT has issued yellow warning for J&K on January 30

The MeT said that widespread moderate snow or Rain is expected in Jammu with heavy snowfall in Pirpanjal, South Kashmir, Doda-Kistawar and other areas.

On Jan 31, there is a possibility of light to moderate snowfall at scattered places.

It further added that the fresh snow spell may cause snow avalanches in avalanche prone areas during the above period.

It may also affect surface and Air transportation on January 30, adding that the power supply would also get affected.

The MeT advised people not to venture out in avalanche prone areas, unless emergency and also appealed intending passengers to travel after confirmation of road status from concerned Traffic Police.

Moreover, the traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway remained affected for 34 minutes today due to shooting stones at Mehar Passi.

The officials said that the highway was open for vehicular movement and was closed for only 34 minutes due to shooting stones at Mehar Passi.

However, the Mughal Road and Srinagar-Jammu highway continued to remain closed for the vehicular movement since the first week of this month—(KNO)

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