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NPP protests outside PSC office against bias selections

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 9: Alleging malpractices, nepotism, corruption and regional discrimination with Jammu in the process of selections conducted by PSC for the post of Asstt  Professors in various disciplines in the Department of Higher Education, NPP activists led by Harsh Dev Singh, chairman NPP and  Yash Paul Kundal State president Young Panthers along with scores of aggrieved aspirants held a strong protest demonstration outside PSC office at  Resham Ghar Colony, Jammu against the biased selection process in Government services here today.
While addressing the media, Harsh Dev said that several deputations of educated youth of Jammu who met him recently have alleged huge regional bias in recruitments made by PSC. He  said that the select lists of Lecturers and Asstt Professors issued by the PSC during the last around two years, indicates very  low share of Jammu region in the said recruitments and demonstrated the highly biased nature of selections.
He said it was ironical that despite a higher proportion of Jammu region candidates getting shortlisted for the purpose of interviews, their share in the final select lists was negligible. He regretted that the alleged bias and prejudice in the selections had not only demoralized the aspiring Jammu youth but sparked colossal outrage which needed immediate attention of the Government.
Lamenting the deprivation of Jammu youth in selections despite tall pronouncements of Govt on equitable treatment, Harsh Dev made a particular mention of the recently published select list of Asstt Professors in the discipline of Commerce in which mere 13 posts went to Jammu region out of 58 and the rest were dished out to Kashmir. He regretted that earlier select lists also figured that out of 34 candidates in History, 9 belonged to Jammu region, 7 candidates out of 26 in Physics, 9 in Psychology out of 27 and likewise in other subjects.
Referring to yet another obnoxious aspect of the selections of Asst Professors, he said that the PSC had called experts from certain selected universities only to the exclusion of other prestigious universities of the country. He pointed out that experts for interviews were called mainly from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Barkatullah University and Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU). And further there were several instances where such experts had earlier acted as guides of several selected candidates in their research work thus raising question marks over the credibility of the selection process, he lamented.
He cautioned the State Govt, the PSC and the mandated leaders of Jammu region in particular to ensure justice to the youth by ensuring them a fair deal in the selection process or else NPP along with the aggrieved young fraternity would launch a mammoth agitation against the system.
Yash Pal Kundal, Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Partap and others were  also accompanying.

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