Rourkela, Sept 2 (LocalWire): The government B Ed college, one of the oldest here, is on the verge of being derecognised, with the apex body suspending admission for the academic year 2019, due to continued neglect by the government.
The National Council of Teachers Education has cited inadequate land and teaching faculty as the long-standing reason for debarring fresh admissions.
‘The government cannot escape saying that these are new problems.
We have been experiencing this for a long time and no one seems to be bothered about it,’ said a student, refusing to be identified.
Another student said ministers have been shedding what he described as ‘crocodile tears’, adding, ‘With this attitude of the college do you expect the standard of education to improve? I am sorry I am neither a fool nor is rest of the state.’
The principal Dr Basanta Manjari Ray is the only permanent staff and there is no official or secretarial staff.
The librarian doubles up as an instructor and till last year, only five guest faculties were hired for teaching. No one has been hired so far, this year.
The founding faculty and former assistant professor of the institute, now retired, Kishori Das, said it was sheer negligence by authorities.
‘I really wonder when there is no dearth of faculty, be it permanent and guest in coastal parts, how is it that colleges in this part, including Sambalpur, where I retired as principal, are suffering from teaching staff shortage,’ Das rued.
He said while the situation was not new, this time the NCTE took a very firm step.
‘Whether it is for betterment or not I cannot say but one of the oldest institutes is suffering that gives me pain,’ he added.
The institute was established by former MLA of Rourkela, Gurupada Nanda, in the year 1981 and the government took it over in 1992 and secured full recognition in 2005.
The present student intake stands at 100 per year for a two-year programme.
The NCTE rules stipulate that the institute must have 2000 square metres and it presently has little more than the half-way mark.
Besides, seven faculties are required for every 50 students, so the full requirement is 28, other than support staff.
Given the present status of 100 students, the college requires 14 staff.
When this was brought to the notice of the principal, she said the land issue was brought to the notice of every new ADM who did nothing, adding, ‘Similarly, now we have no new guest faculty as their terms have come to an end last month.
And I have been instructed that it will be taken care by special advertisement so I am waiting for it. At present, rarely any class is being taken.’