Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 20:
With the University Grants Commission (UGC) expressing concern over quality education not being provided in any of the universities in the country and making it clear that any of the universities failing to fill up teacher vacancies by the next academic year will not be provided with general development grant (GDC), uncertainty looms large over the fate of universities in Odisha in availing of the grant in view of the large-scale vacancies of teaching faculties.
Ascribing large-scale vacancies of teachers in universities as the principal reason behind the fall in quality of education in Indian universities UGC Chairman Prof Ved Prakash has issued a letter to all universities in the country mentioning that grants under GDC will be stopped to universities failing to fill up teacher posts by the next academic year.
Prof Prakash in his letter cited that there were only two to three teachers posted in some departments in some universities while some have shut down some departments due to shortage of teachers. He said it is essential on part of the universities to fill up vacancies in teacher posts for imparting of quality education.
“Students seeking admissions in universities are not getting quality education as per their expectations. In absence of regular teachers part-time, contract and ad-hoc teachers are imparting lessons as a consequence of which education of students as well as research are not of quality”, wrote Prof Prakash in his letter.
Since a majority of teachers are not on regular appointments they are also not giving their cent per cent effort towards imparting quality education, he said, he pointed out.
“If things are going to run this way in our education system we will not find a place among top universities. There is an emergent need for improvements on this account “, the UGC letter said.
The letter further said since the UGC was never indisposed in giving grants it too expects universities to reciprocate it in their actions. Universities are required to fill up vacancies of teachers by any means before the start of the next academic year and no alibis with regard to impart of education to students will be acceptable.
It may be noted here that teaching posts that have fallen vacant in the state’s leading universities like Utkal, Sambalpur, Berhampur, North Odisha and Fakir Mohan in the last three years due to their superannuation have not been filled up.
The Higher Education department in the state has recently given its approval for filling up of 278 teacher posts out of the 459 vacant teacher posts in different universities in the state.
Similarly, the UGC has asked all universities in the country to start choice based credit system from 2015 -16 academic year, provision of grants will be stopped to universities failing to do so, the letter added.