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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

One principal for 5 colleges in Malwa


One principal for 5 colleges in Malwa

Archit Watts

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, April 15

There is just one principal for five government colleges in the Malwa region of the state, who further holds the charge of two district libraries.

In such circumstances, he has to travel about 160 km from one college to the other to run the affairs. And if go by the total number of charges given to him, then it seems that he can’t visit each institute even once a week.

Jyoti Parkash is the Principal of Government College at Mansa, but due to acute shortage of regular staff in the Higher Education Department, he has been given the additional charge of government colleges at Muktsar, Bathinda, Fazilka and Jalalabad. Further, he is the head of district libraries at Mansa and Bathinda. Notably, Mansa and Fazilka are having distance of about 160 km.

The posts of a large number of regular teachers are lying vacant in these colleges, thus the state government is giving the additional charge to run the affairs. Sources in the Higher Education Department said just three of total 54 posts of regular teachers were filled in Muktsar. Similarly, there was no regular teacher posted at Government College, Jalalabad. Further, there was just one regular teacher posted at Government College, Mansa.

In such a situation, either the staff is hired on part-time basis or as guest faculty. A senior employee at Government College, Muktsar, said the situation was turning grim with the passage of time. “A number of posts of non-teaching staff are also lying vacant. The successive state governments talk a lot about raising the standard of education, but these have failed to fill the vacancies. The teachers are retiring, but no new recruitment is being made,” he said.

Speaking over the phone, Jyoti Parkash, Principal, Government College, Muktsar, said, “What can I comment on the policies of the state government? All I can say is I am giving my best to run the five colleges and two district libraries. The staff from all these institutions keep coming to me on routine basis to get the works done or files cleared. I too visit all these institutes.”

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Jyoti Parkash is the Principal of Government College at Mansa, but due to acute shortage of regular staff in the Higher Education Department, he has been given additional charge of colleges at Muktsar, Bathinda, Fazilka and Jalalabad. Further, he is the head of district libraries at Mansa and Bathinda. 

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