Koraput, March 5 (LocalWire): Vikram Deb Autonomous College in Jeypore with more than 4000 students has only 17 lecturers for degree and post-graduation classes against its sanctioned strength of 77. Posts of 60 lecturers are lying vacant.
This is the second-largest college in southern Orissa with post-graduation courses in several subjects. It was established in the year 1947 and accorded with an autonomous status in 2004.
The graduation and post-graduation classes in departments like commerce, economics, history, sociology, physics, chemistry, botany, mathematics and zoology are managed only by single lecturers.
Locals have raised doubts about the quality of education imparted in the college with so many posts lying vacant. ‘The college is no more the first choice of the students in Koraput district.
Acute shortage of teaching staff is one of the reasons the college is fast losing its credibility and forcing students to take admission in private coaching centres,’ said Ramesh Rath, a Jeypore-based academician.
Admitting that the shortage of lecturers had badly hit academics, Principal Rachana Acharya said, ‘We have written to the government several times but the authorities have only appointed as many as 60 guest lecturers. We are managing all the departments with guest faculties.’
Other non-teaching departments that look into exam preparations and admission process, are also getting affected due to the non-availability of lecturers, she added.
‘We can’t engage guest faculties in other activities as their duty is restricted to teaching. Being an autonomous college we have to prepare questions for examination and we are facing problem in it,’ she explained.