Anybody listening? Only 4 out of 42 govt colleges in the state have permanent principals

Call it bureaucratic style of functioning or the state government’s apathy to higher education,the fact is that only 4 out of 42 government colleges in Gujarat offering degrees in Arts,Commerce...

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 26, 2009 12:08 am

330 posts for lecturers are lying vacant in these colleges; around 200 ad hoc lecturers are to be transferred to grant-in colleges soon

Call it bureaucratic style of functioning or the state government’s apathy to higher education,the fact is that only 4 out of 42 government colleges in Gujarat offering degrees in Arts,Commerce,Science and Law have principals holding a permanent appointment. Besides,around 330 posts for lecturers are lying vacant in these colleges,with around 200 ad-hoc lecturers to be transferred to grant-in colleges soon.

J A Sarwaiya,President,Government College Teachers’ Association (GCTA),Gujarat,while giving the above details,added,“Of the 14 colleges in the eastern tribal belt of the state,the college at Khergam in Valsad district is the only college to have a permanent principal.”

In 38 colleges,in-charge lecturers carry out the functions of the principals,GCTA officials said.

GCTA also said that with the imminent transfer of 200 ad-hoc lecturers,the total number of vacant posts of lecturers across the state would be more than 500. “With no permanent principals and an acute shortage of lecturers,it is difficult for these colleges to function. It is hampering the quality of higher education imparted here and the overall discipline of these institutions,” Sarwaiya added.

On its part,the government has acknowledged that there has been a delay in filling up the vacancies. Hasmukh Adhia,Principal Secretary (Education),Gujarat Government,said,“The education department has already approved filling up of the posts of principals in these colleges and the decision has been conveyed to the Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) since long. But the GPSC is delaying the whole process.”

Adhia also confirmed that a large number of posts of lecturers are lying vacant. He added,“The Commissionerate of Higher Education is responsible for this.”

Meanwhile,S G Desai,Joint Director,Commissionerate of Higher Education,declined to comment on the issue.

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