JKSSB and Contrasting Principles

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On Finance Accounts Assistants

By Afridi Mushtaq  

FOR the recruitment of Finance Account's Assistants recently, JKSSB released a notification notice No. 4 2020 in which they have set the eligibility criteria for the posts as any (plain) graduate. The post requires the knowledge of Accounting which is being taught in Commerce stream, hence, the jobs should be reserved for Commerce graduates only. Moreover, JKSSB has framed a faulty syllabus for the job. It not only leans towards the Science and Maths professionals but also, leaves little scope for Accounting knowing graduates and professionals. As the latter are well versed with the pros and cons of the job, they should have been given precedence as far as syllabus for the posts was concerned.

Contrarily, the syllabus framed by JKSSB provides only 15 marks out of 120 for the Accountancy portion. That’s a very meagre sum.

My contention is that any job that needs professional qualification should be left to its experts; rather than bringing in every tom, dick and harry into the profession. That way, neither the morale of professionals would suffer a blow, nor would we have to suffer because of unskilful hands.

As in the other states, the eligibility for any Accounting post is graduation in commerce. The same used to be followed not too long ago in Kashmir as well. Only students belonging to commerce, economics, maths and statistics were eligible for the post , referring to Government order 515-F 2018 Dated 30-11-2018. There are many other notifications by JKSSB, allowing only the professionals to apply for certain posts.

Even most State boards set a special eligibility for the posts like Account Assistants. Recently, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd. (UPPCL) UPPCL gave out an advertisement for account’s assistant vide no. 05/VSO/2020/AA/Backlog in which eligibility is B. Com. Indian Institute of Management Jammu and others as well made only commerce graduates eligible for the post of accountant.The Uttarakhand Subordinate Service Selection Commission (UKSSSC), recently advertised the post of Account's Assistant for which the eligibility that they have set is graduation in B. Com and BBA. Not going too far for examples, even IUST recruits only commerce graduates for the post of Accounts Assistant  and even the University of kashmir recruits commerce graduates for the post.

After abolishing the criteria of Commerce graduates, the JKSSB has advertised some posts in which they have made only students with science background eligible for posts like Laboratory attendant, Laboratory Assistant, Beekeeper and for several other posts only students having graduation or 10+2 in science were made eligible for these posts.

Understandably, only those trained in the sciences can do justice to these posts. Then why hasn't the same reasoning been applied to the posts related to those from the commerce backgrounds? If IQ is the only test of merit, then one can be eligible for any post if one goes by the logic of JKSSB.

JKSSB, hence, is playing a double game. Giving precedence to special qualification in certain posts and removing the same for others is unjust. Such double standards should be done away with, so that students would not suffer after toiling for years for a certain degree to get a suitable job. T

This double standard of JKSSB is worrying. If the jobs that should have been reserved for Accounting professionals continued to slip away, it would discourage prospective new comers in the stream.

Government should immediately intervene and fix eligibility criteria for various posts. This partiality and favoritism is not only unfair but also regressive. We need to treat all disciplines with dignity and must come out of obsolete mindsets that privilege the sciences.


The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial stance of Kashmir Observer  

  • The author is a student at Aligarh Muslim University

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