Posting of KAS officer as Secretary BOSE triggers resentment, protest

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 13:  The posting of a KAS officer as Secretary of the J&K Board of School Education has invited sharp reaction of the teaching fraternity as well as employees of the BOSE.
In this connection, a token protest demonstration was held by the officers, Non-Gazetted and Technocrat Associations of Jammu Division of the Board, here today. The protest was held under the banner of Employees Joint Action Committee, which termed the posting of KAS officers as sheer violation of J&K BOSE Act, 1975.
As per the Act, they explained, a Search Panel after following a proper procedure submits its recommendations to the Government and then a well experienced Academician is appointed to the post of Secretary.
The protesting employees alleged that appointment of a non-academician to the vital post of Secretary will definitely derail the working of BOSE, which would ultimately made lakhs of students and other stakeholders to suffer.
Urging the Government to reconsider the posting of KAS officer as Secretary, they announced to continue the token protest on daily basis till the order in this regard is withdrawn.
Meanwhile, an emergent meeting of All J&K Plus 2 Lecturers’ Forum was held under the chairmanship of its President Deepak Sharma, in which the Forum strongly resented and flayed the Government order to appoint a KAS officer as Secretary, J&K BOSE.
Deepak Sharma said that since J&K BOSE is an arena of School Education Department, all officers right from Academic Officers, Director Academics, Joint Secretaries including Secretary and Chairman should be drawn from Plus 2 Cadre/ School Education Department only and Government. should stop experimenting with Teaching-Learning Process by appointing non-concerned KAS officers with education system.
Forum members demanded immediate revocation of appointment of Secretary, BOSE otherwise they will be forced to resort to agitational path.
College Teachers Association (CTA) also held a meeting with president Prof D S Manhas in the chair, to discuss the order regarding appointment of KAS officer as Secretary BOSE, a post which was being held by the Principals of the colleges.
CTA strongly resented the decision of the Government and alleged that this was an attempt to downgrade the role of academicians in the functioning of a premier Educational Institution.
CTA appealed to the Governor and Advisor (G) Higher Education Department to rescind the order issued in this regard immediately and appoint a College Principal as Secretary JK BOSE after undergoing the process of appointment as has been the past practice.