In keeping with his promise to listen to the problems being faced by the affiliated colleges of the Panjab University (PU),the Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Grover is preparing to have a special meeting with representatives of such colleges on April 27.
The issues that will witness discussion include the shortage of teachers in the colleges,the plight of BEd colleges wherein teachers are getting very low salaries and the colleges violating UGC and PU norms,the ban imposed on recruitment by the Punjab government,and the lack of infrastructure and funds in certain colleges.
Dr Jagwant Singh,vice president of the All India Federation of University and Colleges Teachers Organization (AIFUCO) and fellow at PU had written to the V-C in October,2012 requesting him to hold a special meeting to address the problems being faced by the colleges.
However,he got a positive response from the V-C in November 2012 regarding his request. Moreover,during the Senate meeting held in January 2013 ,Prof Grover had promised the Senators representing the colleges of having a separate meeting.
The varsity has 188 affiliated colleges spread across the state. Around 900 posts are lying vacant in the aided colleges and around 1,300 in government colleges.
The PU authorities have also been told about the the plight of four constituent colleges located in Punjab. In the Syndicate meeting held in February,the Syndics informed the V-C that the Punjab government is not giving grants to these three colleges located at Balachor,Singwala and one in district Malout.
Syndics put forth that the expenditure of these colleges come out to be Rs 1.5 crore and that the government is paying around Rs 75 lakh,that too through untimely instalments. Moreover these colleges also lack regular staff.
Prof Grover said that he has called the meeting on April 27 and will listen to all the problems to find out the solutions. I am not here to close the colleges but to help them, he said.
We got the information that the meeting is on April 27. We will put forth all the problems before the V-C and will look for solutions, said Dr Jagwant.