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."