The Institute of Excellence and Higher Education (IEHE) in Bhopal improved its teacher and student ratio from 1:47 to 1:24 a day before the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team was scheduled to visit to retain the institute’s Grade ‘A’.
A three-member NAAC team, led by former vice chancellor SK Singh, will reach on Monday and inspect the institute in 24 sessions.
IEHE, which was facing hardships due to shortage of teachers, appointed 54 guest faculties in a week. The strength of teachers increased from 58 to 112.
However, there are other problems facing the institute.
“Shortage of staff will affect the grade of IEHE as the appointment has been done but the course studies of many streams have delayed and it will be hard to cover the syllabus on time,” said a professor.
A student said, “The hostel is not up to the mark. Similarly, the level of education needs to be improved.”
Another problem facing the institute is the approaching road which is in a very poor condition. Not only potholes but rush of heavy vehicles on the road has become a major problem here.
However, IEHE director ML Nath said, “The existing problem wouldn’t affect the grade of the institute much because the team is coming for evaluation of the institute from the academic year 2010-11 to 2014-15.”
“I agree that the approach road is in a bad shape. Despite writing to the public works department (PWD) many times, no action has been taken. I have asked them to ban the entry of heavy vehicles for the safety of students but this too was not paid any heed,” he added.
Meanwhile, guest faculty applicants demonstrated in front of the IEHE’s director office demanding fair selection of teachers in the physics and electronics department.
Those not selected by the institute alleged that the administration had adopted a biased approach and appointed teachers of electronics in the physics department. Seven appointments are still in question, which will be cleared on Tuesday.