Srinagar: Non-teaching staff at National Institute of Technology (NIT) on Thursday held a protest demonstration in the lawns of the deemed university.
The employees were protesting against the present administration and accused them of working against the interests of the employees. The protesting employees said that there was no mechanism to redress the grievances, the system of promotions has been rendered dysfunctional, the NIT statutes are not honoured and mismanagement is prevailing throughout the campus.
President of non-teaching employees association Mohammed Shafi Wani said that soon after the new administration took over on October 17, 2016, the miseries of the employees began and increased manifold with each passing day.
“Many non-teaching positions are vacant. Instead of filling the vacant positions, the administration is filling up the positions which were non-existent. The post of Associate Dean has been filled. The tenure was five years but since the post was occupied, there has not been any change. The violations are taking place under the nose of Director AR Dar,” he said.
The protesting employees said that several posts were clandestinely filled up during 2016 uprising and the staff was kept unawares.
“During the 2016 uprising the administration filled many posts without any notification or any information to the departments. The entire process for the recruitment was done during the uprising when internet and newspaper publication was banned”, said Shafi. He said the vacancies of sports officer, programmer and maintenance engineer were hired in 2016.
The protesting employees demanded appointment of full-time registrar as the incumbent has already completed his tenure.
“We want the NIT Chairman and HRD ministry to take strong action against the present administration and resolve all the issues. If the demands are not met, we will continue the protests”, an agitated employee said.
The Director NIT was not available for comment despite several attempts to contact him.