Government tells colleges in Assam to adopt villages, promote cleanliness
Government run colleges in Assam will have to adopt a village each as part of an initiative by the BJP-led government to make the education sector in the state more accountable and efficient.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday that every government college will be given Rs 5 lakh annually to promote cleanliness, adult education and co-curricular activities in the adopted villages.
“Promotions of teachers would depend on development in the villages and new appointments and government funds will be stopped for those institutions that don’t adopt villages,” he told a review meeting attended by college principals.
All colleges have been asked to set up websites, hold monthly discussions on current affairs and provide photo proofs of the events to the government.
Photos will also have to be submitted by nearly 400,000 first year higher secondary and graduation students --whose fees were waived as their parents earned less than Rs 1 lakh annually -- by planting saplings.
“These students will have to take care of the saplings if they want fee waivers in the second year. Students will have to pay for college magazine, sports facilities and college week celebrations in the second year,” Sarma said.
Improvement of sports infrastructure and promotion of cultural events were also been stressed upon. A sum of Rs 20 lakh will be provided to each college for improving playgrounds.
Sarma said that all vacant posts of teachers and principals would be filled by March next year. Teachers have been asked to desist from giving private tuitions or be associated with private educational institutions.
“No teachers, professors or principals will be allowed to be part of private educational institutions either directly or indirectly,” he said.
Other measures included colleges being asked to provide coaching for competitive examinations within the campuses.
The new regulations will come into force in seven government and 295 provincialised colleges in Assam.