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SRINAGAR: Vice Chancellor Kashmir University, Prof Khurshid Andrabi whose plea seeking extension of three years in service was dismissed by High Court yesterday has reportedly shunned the idea of approaching Double Bench, highly placed sources said. A number of loyalists of Andrabi visited his office today expressing disappointment over the court verdict.

 

The tenure of Prof Khurshid Andrabi had ended on 17 October last year, however, he approached court with an argument that the amendment act of 2015 be given retroactive effect in the present case and he should be allowed to continue as VC Kashmir University, a move that affected the functioning of University to a great extent. A senior Professor wishing not to be named told news agency CNS that Andrabi in an attempt to save his chair put the sanctity of whole University at stake. From October last year till date, University didn’t function properly as he and his loyalists were too busy in law suit.

 

Andrabi as per sources introduced ‘In charge’ syndrome in the Kashmir University. The incumbent Registrar, Controller, IT Director, South Campus Director are all ‘in charge’ stairs while there are no Directors for Kargil and Leh Campus.  The work system in the University has completely derailed. All are hoping that Governor of the State who is also the Chancellor of the University will appoint a Care Taker till Search Committee finds a suitable candidate for the post of Vice Chancellor.

 

Insiders said that as per protocol statue, Mr Mustafa Shah is the senior most Professors in the University and he can be appointed as Care Taker Vice Chancellor of the University. Shah had recently approached Chief Information Commissioner alleging that Prof Andrabi ‘manipulated’ the seniority based Professors list. After facing criticism, the Kashmir University was alleged forced to take down the ‘manipulated’ seniority list of professors from its official website.

Ironically, the incumbent VC has not resigned yet. “Chancellor can also appoint a senior Professor from outside University as Care Taker,” said a Professor. Sources added that Andrabi will not be allowed to continue till new VC is appointed and he has to resign anyhow. “We were expecting resignation from him today, but it didn’t happen. It will dent the credibility of the University if he will be forcibly asked to abdicate. It is better for Prof Andrabi to quit himself,” said a senior faculty member.

 

 “The question is not whether Prof Andrabi will resign or Governor will appoint a care-taker VC, the important question is whether Chancellor will approve all the decisions taken by Andrabi when he had no right to implement such decisions and even GAD had directed him to refrain from taking any policy matter decisions. Even after the expiry of his tenure, Andrabi conducted interviews, regularized some Casual Labourers as well,” said a Professor. 

 

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SRINAGAR: National Conference leader Dr Farooq Abdullah Saturday said BJP wants to give communal color to Kathua rape and murder incident. He said in the garb of tricolour the rapists of Asifa can’t be saved. Farooq Abullah was interacting with his party workers at his Gupkar based residence. Expressing anguish over the use of Indian tricolor by BJP activists during a rally to defend rapist, Farooq Abdullah said that this rally shows the nature of communalism in the region.

 

“He said in order save the culprits BJP is playing religious card. It is a shameful act on part of BJP supporters. The bias and communal ideology have made these people heartless and unethical,” he said and hoped that the killers of Asifa will be brought to justice without any delay. Farooq Abdullah also expressed shock over the increasing attacks on Kashmiri students in outside states. He urged upon different State Governments to ensure safety and security of these students.

 

During his interaction, a delegation from Ganderbal district alleged that State Government is hell bent to shift Central University from Ganderbal to some other place. Farooq Abdullah assured them he will take up the issue with Union Government. 

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JAMMU: National Conference Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana on Saturday decried communalization and politicization of a heinous crime, involving an eight year old innocent girl Aasifa in Kathua, saying these attempts are highly deplorable and against civilized behavior. “Can politics stoop such lower depths where barbaric act against a girl child falls prey to religious chauvinism”, Mr Rana asked in a statement, adding those spearheading the cause of a criminal or criminals should have vouched for the victim whose agony and wilderness at the time of commission of the crime might have shook the heavens. 

Mr Rana expressed surprise over illogical and uncalled for protests in support of a criminal, apprehending that these attempts might paralyse the investigation process, leading to unfortunate situation. He said the fringe elements should not be allowed to unleash communal agenda under the garb of ultra nationalism. “Those aligning or indulging with the reactionary elements to have free run from the crime are actually destroying the social fabric, which could have serious ramifications for the society at large”, he observed and said that taking sides with criminals on the basis of religion will embolden perpetrators of crime and lead to chaotic and uncontrollable situation. 

“If it is Aasifa today, it can be anybody tomorrow”, Mr Rana said while invoking societal response to the dangerous trend being set by frenzy elements, hiding behind the religion. He cautioned them against vitiating the atmosphere and testing patience of the silent majority, which does not discriminate innocent children on the basis of religion. He exuded confidence that the society ingrained with the philosophy and ethos of daughters belonging to all will isolate the perpetrators of violence and seek justice for the innocent child. 

“It is moral duty for us all to ensure that poor Aasifa gets justice to lie in peace in the grave”, Mr Rana said, hoping that the investigations set in motion by the Special Investigation Team are expeditiously taken to logical conclusion and the criminal dealt as per tenets of law. 

“A criminal is a criminal and crime is a crime”, the Provincial President said, adding that those evoking emotions and giving communal tinge to the Kathua incident were committing a heinous crime against the humanity, which cannot have religious sanction. He urged the administration to take all necessary steps to instill confidence among the people by going whole-hog against criminals and their sympathizers, whichever religion they belong to.   

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