by: Abid Khan
A probe panel formed to look into validations of Masters Degree of Physical Education Lecturers in the Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) has found the qualifications acquired by the lecturers as invalid and has recommended action against them.
The Secretary Technical Education and DYSS, Parvez Ahmad Malik, on the basis of the probe committee report, has issued order for not entertaining the said certificates for departmental promotions and inclusion in service records.
The order has put question on the fate of around 150 DYSS Physical Education Lecturers who were promoted as Lecturers from Physical Education Teacher post during reorganization of the department. The Government Order No: 215-Edu (Tech) of 2013 dated 06-12-2013 reads, “Whereas, as per rules only such Physical Education Teachers/Masters are eligible for promotion as Physical Education Lecturers as possess the degree of M.PEd. In view of this provision and to acquire the degree of MPed to secure promotions, a number of Physical Education Masters and Teachers got themselves registered with and acquired the said degree from the Universities outside the State without obtaining the requisite permission and study leave from the competent authority, the course being one of two years duration.”
“All these teachers were working in schools (vacation department) and as such were not entitled to any privilege/earned leave. As per rules, they were required to follow the procedure laid down in rules 61-73 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1979, which none of them have observed,” the order reads.
The order further reveals that some of the promoted lecturers had acquired one year M.PEd qualification certificates while as the course is of two years duration. “Whereas, some Masters/Teachers acquired the degree of MPed of one year duration only, which is not valid and equivalent to two years degree. Some of the Teachers/ Masters have also acquired vocational M.PEd degree for which they have attended course work during three spells of vacations only in three years, which too is not a substitute for two years regular degree,” the order further reveals.
All the persons who had got these certificates were working in the department during the course of degree which is regular course of two years. During the same period they were simultaneously studying as students in outside Universities and also drawing salaries in DYSS as regular employees without going for leave, sources said.
They were promoted on the bases of these certificates. After they were promoted number DYSS employees raised objection demanding probe. The Commissioner Secretary’s Order reveals that probe committee was formed vide Government Order No: 130-Edu (Tech) of 2010 dated 08-09-2010.
“A committee of officers was constituted to verify the genuineness of MPed Degrees of the Physical Education Masters and Teachers, who were placed as Lecturers Vide Government Order No.60 Edu (Tech) of 2008 Dated 25-04-2008. The committee, which verified these degrees, furnished its report vide no. DYSS/5834 dated 08-09-2011, mentioning the names of the officials, who were found to be in possession of the degrees mentioned,” the order reads. The probe committee report was put in front of the Government in September and it was decided that such M.PEd certificates shall not be considered in service record.
“Whereas, the report of the committee was considered by the Government in September 2013 and it was decided that such MPed degrees shall not be taken on service record of the holders and consequently no consideration would be accorded to them for their promotion to higher positions on the basis of these degrees,” the order added.
Sources in the DYSS said there are around 150 persons who had acquired such degrees and got promoted from Physical Education teacher to Lecturer in 2008 during reorganization of the department. “Those who did not indulged in unfair means are still on the same posts while those who acquired these ‘fake’ degrees got number of benefits. They got promoted, earned higher salaries and other benefits,” they added.
Despite repeated attempts of Director DYSS, Naveen Aggarwal couldn’t be contacted as his cellphone was switched off continuously.
This article originally appeared on greaterkashmir