Following the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, the region has been plagued by many administrative issues. One such issue is the repatriation of government employees posted in Ladakh, who have sought transfers to Jammu and Kashmir.
For instance, over a dozen assistant professors of University Of Kashmir (KU), have been posted at the Leh and Kargil campuses of the varsity since 2015. Post Jammu and Kashmir’s bifurcation, KU’s Leh and Kargil campuses were transferred to the University Of Ladakh.
“As per the provisions of the Reorganization Act, all government employees’ preferences were sought. Being employees of the University of Kashmir, we opted for J&K so that we could serve our parent university, which now ceases to function in Ladakh. While the University of Ladakh issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) in favour of our repatriation, the University of Kashmir is creating hindrances,” a group of professors at KU alleged.
Others have claimed that authorities at Kashmir University have refused to grant the professors their transfers, citing non-availability of posts in the varsity. “However, more than a hundred teaching positions are lying vacant in KU. We can be easily accommodated in the varsity,” the professors alleged.
To add to their troubles, the government recently issued an order, transferring the staff of KU’s Kargil and Leh campuses to the University of Ladakh.
“This situation has arisen only because of the apathy of the KU administration. They have adopted a hostile attitude towards the faculty posted at Leh and Kargil campuses. The government of J&K has already taken cognisance of requests made by other faculty members who chose Ladakh, by transferring them there. However, our requests have not been considered,” the professors claim.
However, the University of Kashmir denies their allegations. A senior university official said that the authorities have already issued NOCs to the staff posted in Ladakh. The official said the only issue, however, is that the government has transferred all 45 posts of the two campuses of the University of Kashmir at Kargil and Leh to the University of Ladakh.
“We have been asking the government to give us at least 18 posts to accommodate teachers who were posted in our Kargil and Leh campuses. We are regularly raising the issue with the government. We are hopeful that the government will look into the matter,” the official added.