EVEN AS the lack of accommodation and facilities are considered a major hindrance to attracting good quality faculty, figures submitted by a state-appointed committee shows that there is no provision for staff quarters in a shocking 66.67 per cent of the engineering institutes in Mumbai, 75 per cent management institutes, 88.24 per cent architecture colleges and 62.5 per cent pharmacy colleges in the city.
The state average is also bad, across disciplines. “As far as provision and availability of staff quarters are concerned, only 8.47 architecture institutes, 34.79 engineering institutes, 29.44 per cent MBA/MMS colleges, 39.72 per cent MCA and 25.49 per cent pharmacy institutes provide it. The numbers are insufficient,” says the report.
The state-appointed committee, which was headed by Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Matunga, vice chancellor G D Yadav, was constituted to analyse the vacancies across professional courses in the state and suggest a remedial action plan to improve quality.
Recently assessed figures show that 50.96 per cent engineering institutes, 42.37 per cent architecture, 58.21 per cent management and 85.03 per cent MCA institutes had over 35 per cent vacancies in 2013-14 in Maharashtra.
As far as engineering colleges are concerned, Pune (43.75 per cent provide quarters) and Nashik (46 per cent provide it) fare better than Mumbai. The worse performing region is Amravati, where only five out of 28 engineering colleges (17.85 per cent) provide staff quarters.
In management too, where the vacancies are have gone up over the past few years as colleges have failed to attract students, only 21 out of 84 institutes in Mumbai have provision for staff quarters, while the worse off are Amravati (9.09 per cent have staff quarters) and Nagpur (15.51 per cent have quarters).
“To attract quality faculty and staff, professional institutes need to provide staff quarters for at least 50 per cent of the available staff,” says the report.
The committee has further said that no second shift should be allowed in any institute in any programme since it is counterproductive. “The real problem is the shortage of faculty for running the second shift. It is apparently a practice to use the same teachers for the second shift or merge the two shifts into one, which has led to decline in quality of education and increase in number of vacancies,” it says.