35 percent miss Assist Prof examination, accuse JKPSC for playing with career

November 30, 2016 STATE 264 Views

In a highly insensitive move, the Jammu Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) on Sunday conducted the screening test for the posts of Assistant Professor (Business Administration). Ironically, the notification was published on the same day which resulted in depriving many aspirants of the golden opportunity.
All this happened due to lack of communication by the PSC and the Information department with the former saying it had sent the notification to the latter 10 days before it was published in the newspaper resulting only 436 out of 700 candidates appeared in the examination.
The notification dated November 17, 2016 was published on Sunday (November 27) in which the candidates were directed to download the admit cards from November 21, 2016 and the venue was given for their examination.
While scores of candidates missed the examinations as either they were not aware of it or came to know when it was impossible for them to reach the venue as they had to travel miles to reach Srinagar where the examination was held.
The candidates said they were surprised when they came across the notification in newspaper that PSC was going to conduct the screening test for Assistant Professor (Business Administration) Higher Education Department from 10 am to 12 noon on Sunday.
“I was at my uncle’s home in Sopore when my sister called me early in the morning that PSC was going to conduct the screening test at 10 am today (Sunday) and my centre was at Amar Singh College Srinagar. Witting waiting a minute at uncle’s home, I left there and downloaded the admit card at Bemina when it was around 10:15. From there I boarded an auto rickshaw and reached to the venue at 10:30 but was not allowed to appear in the examination,” a candidate told a leading English daily.
He said his friend also failed to appear in the exam as he was in the Jammu. “By this grave error, scores of candidates like me missed to appear in the examination and the employment won’t be on the merit,” he said.
A candidate from Anantnag, said he along with his three friends who had applied for these posts missed the examination due to delay in publishing the notification. “I saw the notification at 8:30 in the newspaper on Sunday then how was it possible to reach to the venue at 10 am before that I had to download the admit card,” he said. “It seems a complete mismanagement of the authorities for not informing the candidates well in time,” a group of candidates said.
Secretary and Controller of Examinations for the PSC, Shakeel Ul Rehman blamed the Information Department for delay in publishing the notification. “We had sent the notification on November 17 on two emails of the Information department for its publication. The PSC is not to be blamed for that as we had sent notification 10 days prior to conducting the screening test,” Rehman said. “In future we may send notifications directly to newspapers without sending to the Information department.”
He also blamed the candidates for failing to appear in the examination. “The candidates should have checked the notification which was already available on the PSC website. If candidates from the Karnah, Tangdhar appeared in the exams why can’t youth from other parts of the Valley?” he asked.
He said around 64 percent candidates had appeared in the examination and those who missed are themselves to be blamed for that not the PSC.
Director Information Department Shahid Chowdhary could not be contacted for his comments. While an official of the Information department, said the onus lies on the PSC how it went ahead of conducting the examination when notification was not published in the newspaper. “If there was some mistake on part of our department but why didn’t PSC communicate the Information department that it had not published the notification which had a larger public importance,” the official said, wishing not be quoted by name as he was not authorized to talk to the media.

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