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In officials-teachers tussle students get shortchanged

delhi Updated: Mar 11, 2011 00:06 IST
Mallica Joshi

At Ram Lal Anand (RLA) College, there are about a hundred brand new computers. Ten of these are in the library, while the others are in one room.

However, not one can be used by the students, who have to work on outdated systems with corrupt software.

Even the computers in the library, acquired in 2007, are yet to be assembled. The rest are still in their boxes in a room in the administrative block.

According to the teachers at the college, the computers have not been installed because the principal refuses to take any action.

"We have written to him repeatedly about the issue but we get no reply from him," says Rajesh Sachdeva, who teaches statistics in the college.

The principal, on the other hand, says the computers have not been installed as the teachers in the college do not support him.

"The teaching community of the college has been in a non-cooperative mode for a long time. In a college it is very important that there is understanding between teachers and the administration, which is missing here," said VK Sharma, principal of RLA College.

Though there is a server, the library does not have an internet connection. In the computer room, internet is available on only two computers.

In this tussle between the teachers and the administration, students are the losers.

"When we are paying the same amount of money that the students in North Campus do, we shouldn't get this kind of step-motherly treatment," said Neha Dudeja, a second-year student of BA Statistics (Hons).

Students and teachers of the microbiology department are also a sad lot: There are only two labs in the college for more than 100 Microbiology students. These labs are so small that they can barely seat five students at a time.

Students are forced to conduct experiments in the corridors and say that there is no one to listen to their complaints.

The principal, however, states the students don't come to complain to him. "I am very accessible. The students have been persuaded to say negative things about me. The building has been in a bad condition for more than two decades. We will come up with a new building which is waiting for approvals for civic agencies," he said.