NSF holds protest against HRD Min­is­ter, de­mands CBI probe

The Northlines - - STATE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT JAMMU TAWI, NOV 08

To ex­press their re­sent­ment against Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and Hu­man Re­sources De­part­ment, Na­tional Sec­u­lar Fo­rum (NSF) held protest to­day rais­ing slo­gans against Prof Ashok Aima, Vice Chan­cel­lor Cen­tral Univer­sity Jammu for run­ning a reign of fa­voritism and nepo­tism to meet his vested in­ter­ests. While ad­dress­ing the ac­tivists and stu­dents, Dr. Vikas Sharma, Pres­i­dent Na­tional Sec­u­lar Fo­rum said that Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion GOI and Hu­man Re­sources De­part­ment has given a long rope to VC CUJ to run the af­fairs of Univer­sity on his whims and va­garies in­stead of fol­low­ing stan­dard pro­ce­dures and univer­sity rules. He al­leged that most of the ap­point­ments have been made by univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tion by ac­com­mo­dat­ing blue eyed per­sons out of the way trash­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions as even fac­ulty mem­bers were re­port­edly el­e­vated to the level of Pro­fes­sor over and above the most com­pe­tent and el­i­gi­ble per­sons.

Dr. Vikas Sharma ex­posed fi­nan­cial scan­dal in CUJ re­gard­ing con­struc­tion of Sew­er­age Treat­ment Plants (STP). Dr Sharma re­vealed that CUJ VC Prof Ashok Aima re­leased the full pay­ment of STP 120 KLD which was still not made fully oper­a­tional and also re­leased the 60 per­cent pay­ment for an­other STP of 300 KLD which is not even re­quired. He said, "The VC com­mit­ted cor­rup­tion by re­leas­ing the en­tire pay­ment (over one crore) of STP 120 KLD whereas, the same is not made fully func­tional. The pay­ment re­leased by the Vice Chan­cel­lor is against the norms and comes un­der the cat­e­gory of cor­rup­tion. Not only this, he fur­ther made a pay­ment of around Rs 2 crore for an­other STP (300 KLD) which is not even re­quired and was de­ferred by the Univer­sity in 201617."

Ques­tion­ing the ra­tio­nale be­hind the sanc­tion­ing of an­other STP of 300 KLD ca­pac­ity and fast track clear­ing of 60 per­cent pay­ment, Dr Sharma said that CUJ ad­min­is­tra­tion has failed to take up the con­struc­tion of Aca­demic Block which was most nec­es­sary and not the STP but, the Vice Chan­cel­lor gave green sig­nal to this STP as he got a hefty amount for sanc­tion­ing the same and re­leas­ing the pay­ment in fast track man­ner.

"The classes are be­ing held in the res­i­den­tial quar­ters of fac­ulty. No proper class rooms and lab­o­ra­to­ries for the stu­dents of Science streams. Hi-fi cour­ses are be­ing an­nounced and MOU are claimed but in re­al­ity the con­di­tion of cam­pus is pa­thetic with no fa­cil­i­ties for stu­dents," he claimed.

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