As Presidency College, synonymous with Bengal's academic achievements down the ages, gears up to don the university status, it faces the challenge of filling up vacant teaching posts while the fate of the existing ones remains uncertain.
The college, which has a list of illustrious alumni, has suffered in its academic standards over the years apparently due to politics in teacher recruitment and student unrest.
Principal Sanjib Ghosh admitted that vacancies in the post of professor exist in at least ten departments - English, Hindi, History, Political Science, Sociology, Physics, Physiology, Geology, Geography and Zoology.
Out of the 11 sanctioned post of librarians, seven are vacant and no additional post of librarian was sanctioned inspite of new PG courses. Posts of five lecturers are vacant in Geology and eight in the department of Zoology, he said.
Founded in 1817 as Hindu College, the institution was christened Presidency College in 1855.
Among its alumni, the college boasts of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, social reformer Swami Vivekananda, freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose, film-maker Satyajit Ray, Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu, economist Amartya Sen and scientist Satyendra Nath Bose.