Give Equality to allied Life Science Subjects in Jammu & Kashmir

Give Equality to allied Life Science Subjects in Jammu & Kashmir

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D A Mir started this petition to Shri Manoj Sinha Ji Hon'ble Lt. Governor J&K

To

Shri Manoj Sinha Ji

Hon'ble Lt. Governor J&K

Sub: Introduce and recruit allied sciences candidates for the posts of lecturer/assistant professor in Life Sciences- regarding.

Respected Sir,

I would like to draw your kind attention to some issues concerning about introduction of allied subjects and eligibility criteria for appointment of faculty in Jammu and Kashmir education department (Higher secondary’s, colleges, and Universities) in the stream of life sciences.

The UGC/education system offers many allied (interdisciplinary) subjects of Life Science, to promote applied aspects of higher education and research. Life Sciences cover various subjects such as- Genetics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Industrial Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Nano Biotechnology, Neuroscience etc. There are huge discrepancies in JK state to flourish the allied Science subjects.

Doctorate and Research scholars of interdisciplinary subjects have been pursuing the demand for introduction of these subjects at 10+2 and higher education for two decades. An unfortunate is, in every newly opened education institute in JK state the first preference goes to start with humanities and arts stream subjects, we are not against, but students with allied subjects have a right to be free from state discrimination. In the annual curricular BOSE, State colleges, Universities listed some interdisciplinary subjects as additional subject, but government has failed to have permanent appointment for these subjects all over the state.

Even traditional subjects running in our state don’t have experts to teach the proper syllabus, a botanist or a zoologist in our education system is teaching Genetics syllabus, portion of molecular biology syllabus as well as microbiology, and biotechnology syllabus portion. Now in present world education sectors are appointing faculties as per annual curricular syllabus pattern.

Flourishing of interdisciplinary subjects helps in:

  1. To establish Jammu and Kashmir as a preferred & globally – competitive destination for manufacturing of Biotechnology products and services and to reach a turnover target
  2.  To create a professionally competent manpower pool and employment opportunities of 25,000 human resources in the Biotechnology sector.
  3. To create employment opportunities for more than one lakh human resources in Biotechnology sector by 2025.
  4. To encourage cutting-edge Life science research, build world-class infrastructure and attract world’s best talent to contribute to the State’s development.
  5. To develop Biotechnology entrepreneurship and promote development, management & commercialization of Bio-technologies with an aim of branding Jammu and Kashmir as a hub for Biotechnology start-ups, entrepreneurship, technology management and commercialization.
  6. To promote creation of Intellectual Property (IP) in the BT sector by facilitating R&D institutions and contributing more funds to R&D in the BT sector.

It becomes primary choice for most of the meritorious students to opt for these allied subjects. There are discrepancies in subject wise appointment of faculties in Jammu and Kashmir education department where students of allied subjects of life sciences are not eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in Zoology. Botany and other subjects. This limits the opportunities for students trained in allied disciplines to seek a placement in various relevant departments. None of the PhD qualified, allied subject aspirants can even apply for these posts even they are specialized over and above the essential requirement. An important question that arises is where the students with degrees in allied subjects should apply?

The important point is that the syllabus and their associated knowledge of basic and other allied subjects of life sciences are more or less similar. UGC is offering degrees for UG/PG in such allied subjects and allowing them to apply for UGC-NET lectureship exam under life sciences, but Education system in Kashmir is not allowing them to apply for the post of Assistant Professor in subjects under Life Sciences. In such condition students who have completed their PhD in allied subjects are feeling handicapped in the academic field and in their bright future prospects promised by the education system of our country. UGC should either allow these students to apply for the aforesaid post of Assistant Professor in the basic subjects of Life Sciences or create new job opportunities for the candidates from allied science background.

There should be a common recruitment board to appointing General life science faculty in  (Higher secondary’s, colleges, state and  central universities) with minimum weightage of the interview to make the system more transparent and convenient. This would benefit aspiring candidates as they can apply to all central and state universities at a time each year. It will save time, money and will provide a greater chance of fair selection to the aspirants.

The allied subject departments should be made independent and permanent recruitment should be encouraged in universities (central and state) as well as colleges.

Permanent appointments should be encouraged; no ad-hoc or temporary recruitment should be made,

Further suggestions for improvisation of the education system:

Ph.D. degree holders are the highest degree holders should be given an opportunity to work in every aspect of the State, especially the education system from lower to higher levels. So, the government should create more vacancies apart from already existing ones, Such as: advisor, research analyst, and others should be created so that the education system will have more options to improve and on other hand Ph.D.’s will get more employments.

There should be vacancies of higher status for Ph.D.’s in the school system (and no requirement of B. Ed. for them). So that, both the school education and our extremely young minds will be benefitted and research ambiance will be created at the young level in student’s life and that will lead to the success of make in India concept in later stages.

Sincerely,
D. Mir

(Representative of “Allied Subject Research committee) 


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