JAMMU: Recently an amusing, but disturbing aspect was noted in a section of print media. Suddenly, one hitherto not too known, an ordinary college teacher has come to snatch the limelight of one and all and seems to have become all important? even more than the elections to the Rajya Sabha, or the formation of the new government in the State. The regular pattern of headlines: bla bla bla, Nutan; and then the news is spread over quite a good space which is likely to make any politician or an officer of substance envious. This trend has been seen with vigour since November when Prof. Nutan Resutra entered the office of Chairman of J and K State Board of School Education, the first Principal of a College from Jammu to be appointed on this post since 1992, and that too from minority community which J and K Board never had due to the domination of Valley and posting of persons from Valley belonging to majority community.
The propaganda against Prof.Nutan started way back in November when STATE TIMES office witnessed few strangers claiming themselves to be educationists and desired to write against Prof. Nutan, the strangers had no evidence or strong reasons to support their anguish against Prof.Nutan, however our correspondent heard them patiently and assured to publish their matter after verification of facts as per the ethics of journalism. On verification it was found that name of Prof.Nutan of Jammu and Prof. Zahoor Chat were approved by the Selection Committee constituted by the Government who after interviewing about a dozen educationists at Jammu and Srinagar approved the name of Nutan from Jammu and Zahoor from Valley and out of two one had to be finally approved by the Chief Minister, and he approved the name of Nutan over Zahoor. The dominant group of majority group of Valley perhaps could not digest the selection of a person from the minority and loss of grip of their dominance of a Jammu candidate after 23 years.
STATE TIMES, known for its boldness, impartial and investigative reporting felt its moral responsibility to go in depth of the aura of reporting being made to paint Nutan as the most corrupt person of the country.
STATE TIMES investigation found that when Prof. Nutan was the head of the institution at Rajouri, he realised the need of facility of internet for staff and students of a thirty years plus old college which was going through inspection by the team from National Accreditation and Assessment Commission, (NAAC), an independent body of national standards which goes into threadbare analysis of the basic infrastructure and academic facilities available to the taught and the teacher alike so as to accord appropriate grade or ranking to a particular college comparable with other colleges of the country. Prof. Nutan Resutra, after following all codal formalities, in an effort to upgrade infrastructure and other facilities of college resorted to its revamping. The State Vigilance Organisation after thorough verification gave clean chit to Prof. Resutra
Vigilance report said that “In the complaint it was alleged that more than one crore rupees has been spent by the subject in a most injudicious manner by raising sub-standard constructions to help close relative friend/contractors…On scrutinisation of the records obtained during the course of verification from the Principal Govt. Degree College Rajouri and spot inspection conducted revealed that all codal formalities were completed to execute the works in respect of repairs and renovations”.
Interestingly, propaganda mongers are all set to label Prof. Nutan guilty and hang him even before he is given any chance to prove his innocence! Even some news agencies whose reporting is not generally questioned, have been feeding twisted facts to the local media in such a manner as would tarnish his image very conveniently!
Now we come to our basic issue: Why only Prof. Nutan Resutra? Is he the only person since ancient times who has done something wrong which no one else has done till date? Why not talk about others also who are facing criminal charges, against whom FIRs stand lodged but are yet enjoying plump postings with no eye being raised at them? What will anyone get with his scalp? And the answers are also disturbing. First of all, a section of society finds very convenient scapegoat in Prof. Resutra because he is a blue blooded Jammuite and it is difficult for a Jammu based person and that too a person from minority community to be accepted easily at certain platforms. This fact became quite apparent when the outgoing Secretary Higher Education Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad, who himself happened to be one of the members of the Select Committee that cleared the appointment of Prof. Resutra suddenly went berserk in launching one enquiry after the other through the tool of one of Nutan’s junior colleagues, Principal of Women College Gandhinagar Jammu Prof. Kiran Bakshi. At the time of ordering the enquiry, he was the Nodal Principal of Jammu Province and by virtue of it she happened to be his junior.
Sheikh Mushtaq realised that since he cannot harm Resutra, he directed her to enquire into those aspects which had already been cleared by the State Vigilance Organisation- as if Principal of a College is a higher authority than this State level organisation- and that too without issuing any formal Govt. order!
And to this she also obliged too willingly. After all the soil of Jammu is quite fertile for germination of Vibhishans and Jai Chands ; God bless them ! One wonders why? If the grape-wine is to be believed, Prof. Kiran Bakshi was dangled with an offer of the post of Director Colleges vice the present incumbent for going against Resutra! This so called inquiry was conducted in great haste as if Doom’s Day were approaching. This was virtually conducted in contravention of all enquiry rules, without granting any opportunity to Resutra to put forward his defence, without providing him sufficient time and without providing him copies of any legal documents which he was legally entitled to. And the height of nonsense was that when he himself went to submit some of the documents which he had gathered in his self defence, she blatantly refused to accept them by writing on his request these words: the enquiry report stands submitted! Yes, give dog a bad name and hang it!!
Indeed it was a mockery of the whole process of conducting enquiry, just to please the outgoing boss Sheikh Mushtaq who now wanted desperately to help the Valley based Principal Mr. Zahoor Chat. Interestingly, the latter is not even a doctorate as is a prerequisite to become principal. Against him an enquiry had reportedly been already initiated in the department for misappropriation of money taken during his so called tenure of undergoing Ph.D; against whom complaints are pending in the SVO for appointing contractual lecturers against monetary considerations; serious complaints are against him in connivance with higher ups for recommending land as nodal principal for Govt. colleges at exorbitant rates of Rs 10 lakh plus per Kanal which was otherwise available at three and a half lakh per Kanal; and against whom the lady staff of AS College, Srinagar had filed complaints of sexual harassment as well, something which can not be taken lightly. Of course he was let off by his colleagues and bosses at that time. But taking cognisance of these complaints he was transferred by the then Minister Higher Education Mohd. Akbar Lone to Degree, College Anantnag. But then no harm can ever be caused to him either by authorities of the Higher Education Department or the so called crusaders of truth. Surely, he belongs to the Valley!
Sources told that all out efforts are being made to prevail upon the newly appointed Secretary School Education to muddle the case of Prof. Nutan on one pretext or the other enabling the disgruntled group to chalk out a fresh strategy against Resutra.
SO HANG RESUTRA FOR BEING FROM JAMMU AND FOR BEING FROM MINORITY.
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