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Evening classes may not serve purpose

THE GOVERNMENT move to start evening classes in the universities and degree colleges to cope with the pressure of a record number intermediate pass-outs is unlikely to serve any purpose because of acute shortage of teachers, funds, classrooms and basic infrastructure.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 01:25 IST
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THE GOVERNMENT move to start evening classes in the universities and degree colleges to cope with the pressure of a record number intermediate pass-outs is unlikely to serve any purpose because of acute shortage of teachers, funds, classrooms and basic infrastructure.

The teacher-student ratio in the Lucknow University is an abysmal 1:75. Reacting to the move, Dr Nishi Pandey, director, Academic Staff College, said that it would be impossible to maintain desired academic standards with only 428 teachers for 32,000 students.

The ideal student-teacher ratio, which was being maintained in foreign universities, was 1:5 but 1:8 was the ratio in the best educational institutions, she said. Under this situation, she asked, how the state universities and the degree colleges would be able to run the evening classes?

Another professor of the university said that the Government was neither allowing the universities to increase the fee nor it was providing the universities with adequate funds. Thus, the standards of the evening classes run by the state universities was far from being satisfactory, he added.