Rourkela, Sept 10 (LocalWire): The state government is adopting radical methods to enhance the gradual depredation of education in the government-owned or aided institutions.
But shortage of teachers is hampering the progress and Rourkela is also no exception to the problem.
‘We feel cheated by the government,’ said a group of students studying in different colleges here.
They blamed the ‘acute shortage of teachers’ for such a predicament.
The Government Autonomous College, Rourkela, was once one of the leading institutions in the state but has lost its academic pre-eminence now.
The college has 17 post-graduation departments other than under-graduate classes.
It requires 53 faculties but has only 39.
‘The college got the autonomous status in 2003 but this is not enough to enhance education.
Students of the self-financing courses are the worst sufferers.
Despite paying handsomely for the courses they face the worst shortage of teachers,’ said a faculty.
The situation in other colleges is even worse.
The Susilavati Government Women’s College has a sanctioned strength of 42 but has only 17 teachers.
A student who did not want to divulge her name said, ‘in my department there is only one teacher to teach all the three years.’
The Ispat Autonomous College has a shortfall of 29 teachers as against the sanctioned strength of 49.
In the undergraduate section of Rourkela College there are only nine teachers against the required number of 17. Rourkela Junior College has 8 teachers whereas the sanctioned number is 17.
The B. Ed College has the principal as the only permanent staff.
Today the college is on the verge of being derecognised by the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) for lack of faculties.
It has barred the institute from taking in students for the academic year 2019-20.
The principal Basanta Manjari Ray said the college does not have secretarial staff and the librarian is doubling as an instructor.
‘We are managing with contractual teachers who are not accountable.
Most of these faculties are actually not interested in teaching but come to earn,’ said a principal of another college here.
Students may take drastic steps this time as some of them in Ispat Autonomous College said, ‘we are waiting for the situation to improve else we will boycott classes enmasse.’