Posted by: Singh Is King | Thursday, December 6, 2007

College where a lecturer works as peon, clerk

Amritsar: “I have been working as peon, clerk and lecturer as well” , revealed Kulwant Singh, a lecturer of government college, Narot Jaimal Singh in Gurdaspur district, at a state council meeting of the Government Colleges Teachers Association, Punjab, held at government college for women, here today.

This sums up the plight of the government colleges , especially in remote areas in the state . More than 700 vacancies of lecturer are vacant which directly and indirectly benefit private educational institutes mushrooming in various parts of Punjab .Addressing the meeting, Jai Paul Singh , state president of the association said it was shocking the lecturer in Narot Jaimal Singh college was shifted from Gurdaspur where he (Kulwant Singh) was teaching physical education to 600 students . The strength of Narot Jaimal Singh college is dismal . It was opened due to political compulsions during the previous Congress regime. There are other government colleges which are even worse than Narot Jaimal Singh college that include government college Sujanpur , Guru Harsahai , Zira and Kala Afghana . He said there was dire need to overhaul infrastructure and filling all vacant posts to make the government colleges economically viable.

General secretary of the Teachers Association, Hardip Singh said the association had decided to hold dharna in front of the office of higher education minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur on December 11 in protest against the callous attitude of the state government towards the long-pending demands of the state. He said it was pity the government colleges had been suffering from financial crunch. The vacant posts of teacher were being filled on ad hoc basis as “Guest Faculty” on the salary being paid by the Parent- Teachers Association (PTA) because the government was not coming forward to give financial help to its own institutions .

The Government Colleges Teachers Association alleged the higher education minister had refused to hold meeting with their representatives which showed the state government was resorting to dilly-dallying towards their genuine demands.

The major demands of the association included finalising seniority list which could not be revised since 1996 . They also sought delegation of powers to principals so that college teachers could withdraw their Provident Funds up to Rs 50,000 at college level.

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