Condemning the recent Kashmir University's notification for not considering the "resident of backward area (RBA) category" for the state-level eligibility test (SET) for recruitment of lecturers and assistant professors, backward area residents have decided to move high court if the decision was not withdrawn within seven days.
They also expressed their anguish over the hike in fee to Rs 800. In a meeting held at Rajouri on Wednesday, backward areas aspirants, led by Zakir Malik, it was decided to file a writ petition in the J&K high court against the notification of SET issued by the university if it fails to withdraw it in a week's time.
Malik said by not considering the lack of facilities and remoteness of areas into account in SET, the authorities had discriminated against youths of backward areas.
Prior to 2002, the candidates who qualified the SET were considered eligible for posts of lecturers and assistant professors outside the state and at that time nobody had problem to appear in it according to the rules applied for the national-level examination, but now the SET qualified candidates have been restricted to apply only in the state.
As per the brochure issued by Kashmir University, Section 1 (b) reads: "The candidates who have cleared SET prior to June 1, 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET and eligible to apply for lectureship anywhere in India.
For those qualifying SET after June 1, 2002, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply only in the universities/colleges belonging to the state."
Backward area aspirants said if the RBA category was not considered, it will be great injustice to them.