JAMMU: Giving relief to qualified and meritorious teachers, the J&K High Court on Tuesday stayed the ‘kept in abeyance order’ issued over Government’s Order No. 66-Edu of 2017 dated February 16, 2017, evolving a mechanism of written examination for in-service candidates seeking promotions on the basis of additional qualification obtained through distance mode.
On March 23, 2017, the Education Department had kept in abeyance its own order issued after the cabinet approval, wherein screening tests for promotion of the teachers was made mandatory. The attempt was seen as favouring and adjusting fake degree holders.
The stayed-order, issued by the Principal Secretary to Government, School Education Department, was set to immediately benefit a number of teachers, who were dropped from the promotion and adjustment list because of their distance mode degrees.
It may be recalled that most of the B.Ed degree holders in the promotion list of 1193 teachers were holding fake degrees. The State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) had registered two FIRs in this connection wherein two IAS officers, three KAS officers and many others were booked. These promotions were made without any vacancies. Moreover, over 450 fake degree holders were promoted who had managed their B. Ed degrees from unrecognized universities.
Advocate Ankur Sharma told STATE TIMES that Justice Janak Raj Kotwal of J&K High Court in open court on Tuesday ordered to stay the ‘kept-in- abeyance’ order.
A petition was filed in High Court by one Dr. Meena Kumari, resident of district Kathua through Advocate Ankur Sharma wherein it was stated that Government Order No. 140-Edu of 2017 dated March 23, 2017 was passed in a blatant abuse of public authority to give promotional benefits to a select few.
“The government had passed the order illegally to promote fake degree holders who were included in the list of 1193 candidates issued vide Director Education’s order No. DSEJ/NG/M/PROM/7255-68 dated February 11, 2014”, the petition stated, adding,
“These fake degree holders who are sought to be promoted by the passage of order impugned as the fakeness of their degree is primarily based upon two factors: a) they have obtained these degrees through distance mode and which disability is illegally sought to be removed by the passage of the order impugned and b) the university from which these have been obtained are unrecognized universities which disability has been handled by the passage of government order no. 140 / HE of 2017 dated 08.03.2017 wherein it has been ordered that Moalim-e-Urdu degree awarded by Jamia Urdu Aligarh is equivalent to Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree awarded by state universities of J&K. Pertinent to mention here is that Jamia Urdu Aligarh has been held to be an unrecognized university by University of Jammu, the petition states.
The Government Order No.66-Edu of 2017, dated February 16, 2017, issued under endorsement No.Edu/V/50/2016, dated 16-02-2017, was kept in abeyance, till further orders,” stated the Order No 140-Edu of 2017, dated March 23, 2017.
As per the orders, the written test will be introduced to assess the quality of degrees “acquired through distance mode by in-service candidates prior to their promotion as Masters and Lecturers.”
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the introduction of written test to assess the quality of degrees acquired through distance mode by in-service candidates prior to their promotion as Master/Lecturer,” read the order issued by the School Education Department.”The relevant test for PG degrees shall be conducted by JK Public Service Commission (PSC) and JK Board of Schoo1 Education (BOSE) shall conduct the written test for Graduate, B.Ed degrees,” the order stated.
“With the stay on abeyance orders, the promotees have to face written tests in Education Department, ‘ said Advocate Ankur Sharma
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