While the new academic session of Delhi University has begun and most colleges are teeming with students,an air of uncertainity prevails at the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College as it does not have a principal and is short of teachers.
Almost a week into the start of the session and first-year students at the college said regular classes are yet to begin for many courses.
I have been here since eight thirty this morning,no classes have taken place. We were shown the chemistry laboratory today,but I dont even know who the teachers are. My classmates have been waiting to meet teachers, said a first-year B Sc chemistry student.
Students from the department of commerce and physical sciences also echoed similar sentiments. Only one hour of class has taken place so far,said a student from the physical science department. For commerce students,the show is yet to begin as no class had been conducted yet.
Teachers admit the college has administrative issues and that it has been functioning without a permanent principal for the last four years. The past four months has witnessed four people heading it,including one officiating principal who managed the colleges administrative affairs only for one day.
The college is currently headed by a University-appointed Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Dr Sandeep Sharma,who took charge on July 1. He replaced a person who had served at the college for only two months.
Rueing the staff shortage at the chemistry department and emphasising on the need for an additional laboratory,he said,We only have two chemistry labs,whereas three are needed. The present lab staff are so over burdened I fear they may go on strike soon,as it has happened in the previous years, said Dr. A. K Rishi,a professor at the Department of Chemistry at the college who had also served as officiating principal for a year from May 2009 to April 2010.
Dr. K K Anand,professor at the department of political science said,All development work at the college has stopped due to the lack of permanent appointee for the post of principal. Even though the new ten-member governing body for the college was approved by the University on July 6,no meeting has been called by the OSD. Due to this,no decision on the appointment of a principal has taken place. With no one to take charge,the college is suffering.
He added that the college has vacancies for as many as 35 teacher that needed to be filled by adhoc teaching staff.
The college OSD Dr Sharma said he was awaiting directions from the chairman of the colleges five-member truncated governing body that is presently in charge before calling for a meeting of the new governing body