Punjab higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said on Wednesday that female faculty would be preferred for recruitment at the government colleges for girls (GCGs) in the state. Rakhra was speaking with HT at a function at GCG, Ludhiana.
He explained, “We will not shift the existing male faculty from girls’ colleges to boys’. The policy (of female faculty for girls’ colleges) will be applicable for new staff that we are recruiting to fill vacant regular posts.”
On teachers not marking their attendance in registers despite directions, he replied, “We have received no complaints; but we are thinking of introducing a biometric attendance system for college teachers.”
Asked about vacant posts of principal at 16 of the 48 government colleges in Punjab, the senior SAD minister replied that a meeting of the department promotion committee was held recently and joining orders would be issued soon.
At the fucntion, a grant of `3.5 crore was given to 16 government colleges for improvement of infrastructure.
“We are also opening two new colleges — and aeronautics college in Patiala and a sports college in Jalandhar — for which a grant of `52 crore will be given. We will upgrade four government colleges to ‘model colleges’ at Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur, Mohali and Patiala, for which each college will get a grant of `16 crore. We are also coming up with two degree colleges at Pathankot and Ferozepur.”