…to find teachers not taking classes
TALL CLAIMS of regular teaching by Lucknow University (LU) administration were put to test when varsity officials made a surprise inspection of the Commerce faculty and found that till date no classes had been held for the M Com self-finance course. Despite students’ having shelled out a substantial amount of money as fees, teachers of the faculty have not taken any classes. Irregular teaching was another of their complaints.
If officials accompanying LU V-C RP Singh were to be believed, even heads of Commerce and Applied Economics were not present in the department till they were ‘summoned.’ Students also revealed names of teachers who have either not taken any classes or have taken just one class so far. Also, there is a long list of such faculty members who are taking irregular classes. The V-C has taken strong note.
Sources said when the V-C reached Commerce department at 11:05 am, no classes were on. Similarly, there was hardly anyone in the office. Poor upkeep of the block also disappointed the LU top boss who was pained to see graffiti on the building walls. He interacted with the students waiting for their teachers outside the classes.
Going by the report prepared by the V-C’s office, BL Bajpai has taken no classes in B Com II (Business Mathematics), Mrinal Sharma has not taken any classes in B Com II and RK Maheswari is yet to take a class of B Com III. OSD V-C security and IMS proctor Ram Milan had taken just one class in B Com III while Awadesh Kumar and KD Singh was found to be irregular in terms of taking classes.
There are reports that just 20 pc teachers in the department were taking classes properly. The V-C is said to have directed the HoDs to issue stern warning to those teachers who are not taking their classes. He was pleased with teachers like JV Vaishampayan and a few others who have taken almost all the classes.
No sooner the “absconding” teachers came to know that V-C had gone to their department than teachers started converging. Some of them tendered instant apology while others promised to take classes regularly in future. The V-C is said to have even sounded a warning to erring teachers and directed them to take their classes.
Thereafter, the V-C held a meeting with dean and head of the department in which he has reportedly asked them to issue warning to erring teachers in writing. The visibly piqued LU V-C also asked dean and HoD to ensure that regular teaching resume at the earliest. And in those classes where a lot of syllabus remains to be covered the students may be asked to attend extra classes.
Sources close to the LU V-C told this newspaper that similar inspection would be carried out in other faculties too. Already, surprise inspection has been carried out by the V-C on LU Second Campus and Arts faculty. During the inspection, he found gross anomalies, including teachers not taking their classes. Varsity has once again reiterated that teachers must take their classes and try to complete the course at the earliest as the semester system has come into being at PG level from this academic session.