Thursday, August 6, 2009

Junagadh City News- Bahauddin Govt. Arts & Science College

Staff crunch affects students in Saurashtra largest college.

The Bahauddin Science and Arts College of Junagadh, the biggest college in Saurashtra region, is facing a teaching staff crunch, which has had a severe impact on education here. On Tuesday, the students observed a bandh under the banner of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).

According to NSUI office bearers, the posts of some 22 adhoc lecturers and professors are lying vacant and the college is running without adequate teaching staff.

In the science faculty, some 11 adhoc professors working with the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany and English have been laid off, while in the Faculty of Arts, another 11 professors teaching subjects like Hindi, Gujarati, History, Psychology, Sanskrit and English have been shown the door.

NSUI office bearer Kartik Thakar said: “Students have repeatedly demanded that the vacancies be immediately filled up, but in vain. This has put the students’ career at stake.”

He added that instead of filling the vacancies, the state government is laying-off adhoc staff, and unless the issue is resolved, agitation will be initiated.

R P Bhatt, Principal, Bahauddin Science College, said: “We have informed the government in writing regarding the shortage of teaching staff, and the process of filling up all the vacancies is under progress. Shortly, all vacancies will be filled up; in fact some six lecturers will join duty in the science faculty within a week’s time.”

According to Bhatt, some 1,100 students are studying in this college, which has a capacity to accommodate some 1,200.

He said: “Due to the contract system, teachers express unwillingness to continue here and join private organizations. But we are dealing with the issue in an appropriate way and it will be resolved soon.”

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