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In Punjab, teaching in govt Colleges is at the mercy of guest faculty
No doubt, the Punjab Government is making tall claims to come on the top of the list in the field of education but the condition of Government colleges in Punjab is becoming worst due to vacant posts of lecturers. About 60 per cent vacant posts of lecturers in 48 colleges which are presently functioning out of 54 Government Colleges, is itself a proof that the teaching work is badly affected and the ultimate sufferer are the students.

Giving this information, Raj Kishore Kalra, State Patron and Ashok Monga, educationist of Punjab Education Reforms Committee informed that the building for the Government Girls College has been constructed but due to non-recruitment of faculty, it is being run by the staff on deputation from other colleges.

As per the sources, still PU has not recognized the college so far and All India Students Federation. About ten colleges in the state are being looked after by the senior lecturers due to non posting of regular Principals.

There are 1873 sanctioned posts of lecturers against which only 800 lecturers are in position, as there has been no recruitment for the last 17 years since 1996. However, guest faculty arrangements have been made against the remaining 1073 posts of lecturers, merely by paying only Rs. 7000 per month by engaging them for 7-8 months, from July-August to February against Rs. 80000 - Rs. 1,00,000 paid to a regular lecturer. It is clear cut exploitation of teaching community despite having the required qualification for the post of lecturer.

Kalra informed that CM Prakash Singh Badal has announced financial assistance of Rs. 50 crore for these colleges in a high level meeting of education officers to uplift the education standard in the state to start the process of recruitment of lecturers and non-teaching staff but one year has passed, and no action has so far been initiated.

Apart from this, instructions have also been issued to Chief Secretary and other officers to start the spade work for recruitment of about 1500 vacant posts of teaching and non-teaching staff in these colleges. But despite issuing these instructions, no initiative has so far been taken especially when the admission in colleges will start in the first week of July and teaching sessions will start simultaneously.

Expressing their concern over the pitiable condition of the colleges in Punjab, Kalra and Monga said, "It is very unfortunate that government is announcing the opening of new universities and colleges but not bothered about filling up the vacant posts of lectures in the existing colleges."

Expressing the interesting factor of these colleges, the educationists said, "In government colleges, majority of the students are from rural areas and backward class and to take care of their studies, it is necessary to fill the vacant posts of lectures, on priority."

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