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Graduates ‘preferred’ over PGs for librarian posts

Graduates ‘preferred’ over PGs for librarian posts

Srinagar, January 7, 2021 :

Will go through grievance of aggrieved candidates : Director Libraries

Graduates ‘preferred’ over PGs for librarian posts
Will go through grievance of aggrieved candidates: Director Libraries
The Department of Libraries & Research has come under severe criticism for not considering candidates with postgraduate degrees in Library Knowledge Science (MLIS) for the post of librarian, junior librarian & the library assistants.
The posts were earlier referred to the J&K Service Selection Board (JKSSB) & advertised on Tuesday by the JKSSB – the exam conducting body. 
The JKSSB has advertised around 30 posts of librarian, junior librarian & library assistants for J&K. However, the eligibility criteria set by the government has come under question.
“ The link for advertisement No 04 of 2020 advertised by JKSSB was activated on Tuesday. 
On applying for various library-related posts, we found ourselves ineligible for the posts of librarian, junior librarian & library assistant despite possessing Master’s degree in Library & Knowledge Science (MLIS) from the University of Kashmir,” said a dejected candidate who could not apply for the posts.
Greater Kashmir received scores of distress calls from the dejected candidates who complained about the “flawed recruitment rules” framed by the Department of Libraries & Research to fill these posts.
The candidates have been termed ineligible despite the clearance given by the University of Kashmir administration over equivalence of MLIS course four years ago.
In a letter addressed to Secretary JKSSB, the Assistant Registrar of Academic division stated that the MLIS degree obtained after graduation is an integrated two year Master’s degree in Library & Knowledge Science approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC). 
“ The integrated MLIS course at the University of Kashmir comprises one year B.LIS & one year M.LIS while the same degree is offered by the Jammu University in a non-integrated form with one year B.LIS & one year M.LIS. Both the degrees are equivalent for all purposes,” the letter reads.
The candidates possessing the MLIS course offered by KU said that their future was at stake as the Department of Libraries & Research did not consider their degree for filling up the posts.
“ Junior librarian & library assistant posts are level II & level IV posts. 
Ironically, the candidates with bachelors & certificate course are considered for the posts over those who have done master’s degree in the same subject,” the candidates said.
Around 40 students graduate from the KU’s MLIS department every year after completing the two-year MLIS course.
“ Hundreds of candidates have passed out from KU with MLIS degrees during the past many years but majority are not considered eligible for the librarian’s post,” the candidates said.
Director, Department of Libraries & Research, Muhammad Rafi said the posts were referred to JKSSB a year ago as per the already existing recruitment rules of the department.
“ I have recently joined the department. 
I will go through the grievance of the candidates & a decision about their eligibility will be taken accordingly,” he said.

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