No lecture is being conducted for some subjects in colleges like Sir J J school of Arts, Fort, since June as the state government has failed to renew teachers’ contracts of the institutes under Directorate of Art (DoA), Maharashtra.
The authorities of DoA claim that they had submitted a proposal to the state’s higher and technical education department for the renewal of the contracts, however, it is still pending. Currently, the DoA controls around 207 institutes across the state, which includes four government, 31 aided and 172 unaided institutes.
Contracts of around 10 teachers at Sir J J school of Arts, for instance, are yet to be renewed this year. The contracts are supposed to be renewed every year by April. However, this year, the contracts of these teachers ended on March 30, and are yet to be renewed, said a senior faculty at Sir J J School of Arts adding that, “Despite our repeated reminders to the director of DoA, the renewal of contracts is still pending. In the absence of teachers, no lectures for subjects like arts and crafts, sculpting, painting and photography are being conducted.”
According to the management body of the institutes, these teachers are not new but have been working on contractual basis for years now. “Students are suffering as the contracts have not been renewed yet. We are now planning to send a representation to the minister of higher and technical education seeking his intervention into the matter,” said another teacher.
G B Dhanokar, director of DoA, said, “We are aware that lectures are not being conducted for few subjects at some colleges. We are awaiting the response of the state’s higher and technical education department on a proposal to the to renew the contracts of these teachers.”
Manjusha Molwane, joint director of higher and technical education, could not be contacted despite several attempts.