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Students in J&K face discrimination over degrees
MUSHTAQ MALIK | 07 Mar 2011

The issue was highlighted when the Service Selection Recruiting Board (SSRB) posted job openings in the valley wherein students holding distance education certificates were not allowed to apply thus jinxing the future of numerous students.

THE DECISION taken by Jammu and Kashmir government that degrees offered by study centres of various universities would not be considered for the recruitment process has created a lot of problems amongst the local students. There are thousands of students who have obtained their degrees from these study centers in distance mode.

Different courses in Information Technology, Management, Tourism and the Hotel Management were the priority based courses opted by the students due to the low fee package and the easy completion of the degrees without much time to invest upon.

The regulation bodies framed the rules over which the response from the intended section of the degree holders is full of anguish and the disappointment as they cannot think of applying for any post advertised through Service Selection Recruiting Board (SSRB).

“I have completed my post graduation in biotechnology and I was pursuing M.Phill in the same from a university in Chennai through distance mode but when I heard about the notification which was issued here about the rejection of the distance degrees other than the five universities, I left Chennai along with my M.Phill degree as I found it as a time waste to pursue that degree without having any value in our valley. It is totally un-understandable that how the government of Jammu &Kashmir can do such thing without taking any notice of education rate,” said, Showkat Ahmad, an aspirant from Srinagar.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been periodically issuing notifications to the students as well as the parents to keep a check on the authenticity of such study centers. Many cases of deceit against unscruplous persons in the valley too were reported as they used to run unauthorised study centers just to dupe the students.

“Further care and verification is necessary in the field of study centers which do not have any registration till now if they would show any kind of such authorisation that is to large extent a fake and illegal un-authorisation made by them as some of the candidates from the valley are no more interested in the government jobs so because of which they choose distance education professional courses so as to get adjusted in the private sector at earliest but there they find also an obstacle of same kind when they are said to be that the degree is unrecognized,” said, Ab. Majeed, an educationist.

However, the distance degree holders are in hope that the restrictions which have been imposed upon them by the Service Selection Recruiting Board (SSRB), might be revoked eventually as the candidates all over the valley are requesting the authorities for taking such decisions back.

The students who obtained degree by distance education, now in orde to get government jobs in the valley have no other option but to pursue their graduation via regular courses.

While talking to this journalist, a group of distance degree holders said that they have been victimised to suffer a lot at this crucial stage of unemployment as the SSRB is advertising many posts at district, divisional and state cadre level but due to their presemt degree status, they were not allowed to apply.