Bhubaneswar, Aug 3
As election day nears, the state government appears to have suddenly woken up from its deep slumber and realised the need to fill up vacant teachers’ posts in educational institutions. Two days after it announced the decision to recruit as many as 25, 000 school teachers, the government today decided to fill up about 800 posts of lecturers in 97 government colleges lying vacant for several years now.
Presiding over a high level meeting at the State Secretariat here today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the concerned departments to fill up the vacant posts in three months.
Among others, Higher Education minister Badri Narayan Patra, chief secretary JK Mohapatra, development commissioner I Srinivas, principal secretary, Higher Education, Gagan Kumar Dhal and senior officials of the department were present at the meeting.
Students of government colleges have been demanding the filling up of vacant lecturers’ posts for a long time. While a decision was taken on filling up posts in government colleges today, the more numerous private colleges, where the situation is even worse, are yet to figure on the government’s radar.