SKUAST dashed hopes of scores of candidates

Cancels interview and terms it the right of University

SRINAGAR: Days after Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Srinagar cancelled the order for filling the vacant posts of the Urdu computer operator’s, candidates who had applied for the posts are aghast over the decision and have expressed serious concern regarding their future as most of the candidates who had applied for the posts have already crossed their age limit.

Scores of aspirants on Tuesday told CNS that the Urdu computer operator’s posts were advertised in August 2009 by SKUAST and after that they were eagerly waiting for the interview call and it was after a long gap of two years on 19 Nov 2011 they were called for interview, but the happiness proved to be temporary when two days prior to interview they got to know that the said posts have been cancelled by the university.

It is to be noted that the SKAUST Officials on 31 March had issued the notification regarding cancellation order of these posts in the local Dailies.

“We consumed our time and money, took training for the said posts in different private institutions. But the way University treated us is astounding. All our hopes were dashed,” an aspirant Irshad Amed told CNS adding that SKUAST should consider their demands on humanitarian grounds and call them for interview.

“We are finished. Many of us have crossed the age limit already.  If the decision is not revoked, we will come on roads,” said Fayaz Ahmad.

When contacted Vice Chancellor SKUAST, Dr Tejpal Pratap said that he has no idea about it as these posts were advertised during the tenure of former VC. “Actually all is being taken care of by Registrar University and it will be better if you talk to him,” he said.

Registrar SKUAST, Dr Farooq Ahmed Zaki said that the University reserves the right to cancel or not consider any appointment. “There was a lot of delay in the recruitment process and it had become irrelevant for the University now and on this basis we cancelled these posts,” he said.

When asked most of the candidates have crossed their age limit, Registrar said that they are soon going to advertise new posts and under certain provisions the University may consider and may give relaxation to such candidates if they apply. However he said this is a closed chapter for the University now. (CNS)

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