On a day when higher education minister Umashankar Gupta presented his report card, Congress said the standards of higher education in the state are continuously on decline and the ruling party has failed to deliver on its promises.
Congress said there is a shortage of teachers in the colleges and universities across the state. Also, the semester system has not worked in the colleges and the examinations are not being held within the stipulated timeframe. It alleged that due to the large number of vacancies, students are suffering.
The party said the higher education has become business and had reached such depths that people use fraud means and pay money to get admission into the professional courses, as visible in the professional examination board (PEB) scam.
The Congress maintains that earlier students had to pay the fee once a year, now, due to the semester system, they have to shell out money twice.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the party has sought answers to a few questions from the higher education minister viz. Why thousands of posts are lying vacant in the colleges of the state and who is responsible for it?
It asked the minister to reveal the status of his announcement that officials of the higher education department, who were serving in other departments on deputation, would be sent back to their parent departments, which has not happened by now. Also, Congress has asked why the proposed Bundelkhand Vishwavidyalaya could not be started till now.
Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said the government had announced that it would start the Bundelkhand Vishwavidyalaya but nothing has been done for appointment of the vice chancellor, registrar or other staff.
Regarding the performance of minister for food and civil supplies Vijay Shah, Mishra said the government has failed to bring poor families above the poverty line. The Congress leader claimed that much-hyped schemes like Annapurna Yojana have also failed to deliver in the state.
He also demanded public apology from Shah for serving of non-vegetarian food to mediapersons after presenting the report card. Non-vegetarian dishes were served along with vegetarian dishes to mediapersons after the press meet.