Most of the posts of teaching and non-teaching staff at the government college here are lying vacant. The college does not have even a regular principal.
The college has only 8 regular associate professors against the 52 sanctioned posts. Though the college has allegedly hired 9 part-time and 16 guest faculty staff to run the affairs but still it leaves 19 posts of the teaching staff vacant, that means about 40% posts are vacant.
The government had shifted four teachers last year from the college to make another college In Jalalabad functional, but it worsened the situation here.
“The college does not have a regular principal which also badly affects its day-to-day functioning. The additional charge of the principal has been handed over to the principal of a government college near Giddarbaha, who also holds the additional charge of the government colle ge, Kotkapura.
Earlier, the principal of the gover nment colle ge, Kotkapura, held the additional charge of this college,” sources claimed.
Bedsides posts of the teaching staf f, many posts of the non- teaching staf f are also lying vacant. There are 2 posts of the librarian in the college and both are vacant. The college has reportedly 12 sanctioned posts of junior and senior lab attendants and 11 of them are lying vacant.
According to sources, out of the 47 posts of the non-teaching staff, 21 posts are vacant. Arrangements have been made against some of the posts on a temporary basis.
The sources said the college has 25 regular posts of teaching and non-teaching staff out of the about 100 sanctioned posts. And, even after making temporary arrangements, 41 posts are lying vacant.
“About 2,300 students are admitted to the college in arts, commerce and science streams at the undergraduate level and two postg raduate courses in political science and economics. But vacant posts of the staf f badly af fect the smooth running of the college,” said Gagan Sangrami, a leader of the Punjab students union, also the student of the college last year.
"The building is also very old and dust can be seen in all classrooms. Even some of the classrooms do not have all the required furniture. Instead of the fixed switch boards, there are naked live wires hanging out of them to run the fans in many rooms and a tragedy can happen at any time during the session. The boundary wall from behind the college has also collapsed," said Gagan Sangrami.
“The government is promoting the private educational sector at the cost of the public sector and ignoring it to the detriment of most of the students, who cannot afford the very expensive education in the private sector. Instead of appointing regular staff, teachers are hired by using the parent-teacher association (PTA) funds, collected from the students, while it is the duty of the government to provide quality and cheap education,” alleged Rajinder Singh, state general secretary of the Punjab students union. “We make all possible arrangements by hiring the staff as per rules so that no loss of studies is there,” said Mridula Singla, acting principal of the college. However, she admitted that many sanctioned posts in he college are vacant and said that it was up to the state government to fill the posts on a regular basis. “I hold only DDO powers of the principal. However, we will try our best to do all the possible,” said Shubhprem Singh, who holds the additional charge of the principal of the college. The college is supposed to cater to the educational needs of the 1.25-lakh population of the town and many surrounding villages.