Resentment is brewing among the engineering pass-outs of National Institute of Technology (NIT) against the authorities for denying teaching jobs to them under the pretext of cooling period.
The rider of cooling period restricts the candidates from applying for any teaching post in the institute for a period of three years after completion of their PhD from the same institution.
“The rider has proven costly for the NIT candidates as after completing their degree they are barred to apply for the jobs while as the candidates from other institutions are preferred for the posts,” said an official.
Meanwhile a group of aggrieved candidates said that PhD from NIT Srinagar takes almost five to six years to complete. They termed the criteria of cooling period as flawed and urged the NIT administration to relax it for the candidates of the same institution.
The aspirants said they worked hard to qualify PhD entrance test to get enrolled in the NIT which is one of the reputed engineering institute.
“But we were not aware that this will turn out to be a nightmare for us. We never knew we will be rejected by our own institution. Besides completing PhD, students appear in various national level exams to qualify basic eligibility for entry in NIT. So when a student completes a PhD he crosses the age of 36 to 37 years,” the aspirants said.
“In a recent recruitment drive, out of 47 assistant professors at least 40 aspirants were from outside the state as almost all the eligible candidates from NIT Srinagar were not considered because of cooling period,” the aspirants said.
The candidates said the axe has fallen only on the pass-outs of NIT Srinagar while as other states like Mizoram, Manipur, Patna, Megahalya, Rorekella, Agartala advertise the faculty positions without any rider of cooling period.
“Some of these states have reserved 50 percent quota for pass-outs of their own institutions,” the dejected aspirants said, adding that the voices should be raised against the discrimination with the aspirants. “We approached the NIT administration a number of times but in vain. We have limited options in J&K state and the rider of cooling period has put our future in dark,” the aspirants said.
The aspirants urged the J&K Governor and advisors Khurshid Ahmad Ganai for their personal intervention into the matter.
Dean faculty of Engineering at NIT, M F Wani said the rider has been set by MHRD for all NITs to stop the in-breeding in the institutes.
“We understand their problem but the rider is being implemented at all NITs on directions of MHRD. They are our students and we are trying to help them. Even I am equally worried about their job placements, But we are following the rules of Government of India,” Wani said.
He said the MHRD norms allow them to relax the cooling period if the teaching positions advertised by the institute don’t get filled despite notifying the posts twice.
“If we don’t get the response in two notifications, then we relax the rules and waive off the cooling period for making recruitment of the candidates for teaching positions,” he said.
Meanwhile the candidates didn’t buy the argument saying that the institute should go for screening of the candidates to fill up the teaching positions. “Those who will qualify the screening will be selected in a transparent manner. But using the rider of cooling period is detrimental to us,” the candidates said.
Registrar NIT, S K Bukhari said they have already discussed the issue with the MHRD who turned down the plea to relax the rule of cooling period.
“But we will again take up the matter with them for the benefit of students. Let us hope they will consider our plea,” Bukhari said.
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