Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka on Friday expressed helplessness in filling vacant posts of college lecturers, saying that a stay order by the Punjab and Haryana high court was holding up recruitment.
He was responding to query as to why the government had recruited no new lecturers for many years.
"I agree that more than 50% of the posts are lying vacant, and it is not possible for colleges to run without lecturers. We are trying our best to get the stay orders lifted," said Maluka, speaking on the sidelines of a function at the Government College for Women here.
Asked about the specifics of the case, he said his secretary would know, and the details could be available only later.
He also expressed "worry" over the shortage of seats: "Government colleges are dream colleges here, and students from various places want to take admission here. We will try providing maximum seats to the students." When asked about the menace of seats being sold in private colleges, he replied, "If any complaint comes to me of any discrepancy in admission procedure, an inquiry will be ordered immediately."
ALL FOR UPDATE
He then went on to support update of syllabus, and said, "A high-powered committee has been formed under the leadership of the chief secretary, and soon the syllabus of various subjects will be be brought in tune with the needs of the present times."
Asked about none of the colleges providing vocational courses for financially weaker students, he said, "Within a few months we are going to plan vocational courses in colleges. Evening classes for these courses is another proposal on the cards."
'TEACHERS MUST TEACH'
Commenting on the poor academic performance of SAS Nagar district, Maluka said, "Mohali (SAS Nagar) has adequate staff in its colleges and schools, but it performs poorly because of sycophants who are not capable enough to teach. Lecturers and teachers should not only fight and protest for salaries but also teach properly, which is their prime duty," he said.
Moving on to politics and politicking, Maluka did not let go of the opportunity to take a shot at the opposition Congress. He had a ready example: "Look at Israel; it has progressed beyond imagination in a short time. We haven't. It is because of the people who chose bad governments for a long time. Those governments did nothing for the country's progress."
ON KABADDI DOPING AND OLYMPICS
Education minister Sikander Singh Maluka, who is also the president of Punjab Kabaddi Association, when asked about the chances of the sport being a part of the Olympics, said, "Kabaddi world cups are our biggest achievements, as this game is our tradition. It is a matter of pride that African nations too have started playing kabaddi."
He said inclusion of kabaddi in Olympics required some conditions to be fulfilled, which hopefully would be agreed upon in his next meeting with the Canadian sports minister.
On doping marring the game, he said, "In this world cup (scheduled by December), doping rules are going to be the strictest. Last time, players from the US were clearly seen taking drugs before matches. We can tolerate less number of players, but not drug addicts."
He also confirmed that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal would be leaving for London in the first week of August to cheer for the Indian players at the Games.