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Panchayat College Bargarh faces huge staff shortage

Following report is from the Sambad:


December 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm 1 comment

Panchayat College Bargarh faces staff crunch

Following report is from The Pioneer:

Like any other college of western Odisha, the only Government college of Bargarh district, Panchayat College, located at Bargarh district headquarters town, also suffers from staff shortage leading to fall in education standard. There are a few departments which run without teachers.

The college has got 60 and 26 sanctioned posts in various departments for +3 and +2 wings, respectively, having Arts, Science and Commerce streams. But only 25 lecturers in +3 and 17 lecturers in +2 classes are available now and the rest of the posts are lying vacant since long in spite of repeated request from the students, guardians and senior citizens to fill them up, sources said. This has also led to students’ agitations in the past. At the same time, the college doesn’t have a permanent principal of its own over a decade now.

Situation is more precarious in important departments like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology and English. The departments of Mathematics and Zoology have got one teacher each, college sources confirmed. Situation for the non-teaching staff is also in no way better. Out of total 82 non-teaching staff, 41 remain vacant — exactly 50 per cent of the strength.

“Not only have I requested the Higher Education Minister and the Secretary a number of times to fill up these posts with immediate effect, I have also raised the issue in the floor of the Assembly, but to no effect,” said MLA of Bargarh Sadhu Charan Nepak. This shows the attitude of the Government to the problems of the students and higher education as a whole in this backward region, Nepak alleged.

“I am also well aware of the problem in this only Government college of the district. But my hands are also tight. I can only ventilate the sentiment of the people to the Government,” said Bargarh District Collector BG Mishra.

June 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm 1 comment

High court directed Orissa government to fill up the vacant lecturer posts of colleges of Balangir within 15 days

Following is from The Telegraph:

Balangir, March 3: In a fresh order, the high court has asked the state government to fill up posts of lecturers in various colleges of the town within 15 days.

Sources said the state government had recently submitted a compliance report before the high court in which it has mentioned filling up some posts in some colleges.

Advocate Ashis Mishra, who is the counsel for petitioner Dolamani Pradhan, said the court expressed surprise over the compliance report of the government.

In the report, the government had admitted that Vidya Bhusan Sanskrit College was running with just one lecturer.

“Around 500 students study in the college and there are 10 sanctioned posts for lecturers. Yet only one lecturer is managing the college since 1997. Even the lone lecturer is going to retire in June,” Mishra said.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice V. Gopalagowda and Justice B.N. Mahapatra ordered the state government to fill up teacher’s posts in the colleges of Balangir within 15 days.

Earlier, student leader Dolamani Pradhan had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the high court, alleging that several posts for lectureship had been lying vacant in various colleges of Balangir for several years.

The high court had then directed the government to initiate steps to fill up the vacant posts.

After taking a long time, the government transferred some lecturers from other colleges to Rajendra College and other colleges of the town. A few lecturers were appointed on contract basis.

Pradhan who filed the PIL said: “A few lecturers have been posted in some colleges of the town. However, the government has not posted anyone in Vidya Bhusan Sanskrit College.

“We will wait for 15 days and see how the government is responding to the high court’s directive. If nothing happens, we will agitate again. ”

March 5, 2011 at 6:39 am Leave a comment

Gangadhar Meher College, Sambalpur to get unitary varsity status

Following is a report from the

BERHAMPUR: The State Government has decided to elevate Khallikote Autonomous College here and Gangadhar Meher College at Sambalpur to unitary university status, said Higher Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra here today.

A government appointed task force on higher education reforms had suggested upgrading these two premier autonomous colleges to university status, the Minister said while addressing a function of the Students’ Union of Khallikote College.

Mishra however stressed the need to develop necessary infrastructure facilities before the second oldest college of the State was declared a unitary university.

While at least 50 acre was required, Khallikote Autonomous College had only 16.74 acres of land in its possession.

“There is a proposal to get another 2.50 acres from transport departments garage adjoining the college”, he said.

The Minister asked the local MLAs to locate another 50 acres in the town for the college’s expansion. He also assured the students to fill up the vacant posts soon. Around 50 out of 90 posts of teaching staff are vacant in the 132-yearold college, where over 3,600 students are pursuing studies in 19 different departments, 15 of them having post-graduate departments.

The proposal for a foot bridge from KKC to Junior college is under consideration and funds have been released for renovation of Jhansirani ladies hostel, Swami Vivekananda boys hostel of the college.

Among others, Berhampur MP Sidhant Mohapatra, MLAs EC Choupatnaik, P Panigrahy, BMC Mayor SS Dash and BDA chairman Kailash Rana spoke.

November 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Students of Government College Sundargarh demand appointment to the vacant faculty posts

Following report is from

ROURKELA: Normal life in Sundargarh town was disrupted when government offices reported thin attendance and business establishments downed their shutters today in solidarity with the agitating students of Sundargarh Government College.

The students have been demanding appointment to the vacant faculty posts.

Backed by the Congress’ student wing, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the bandh with tacit support from various political outfits and organisations including the local bar association evoked spontaneous response from commercial establishments, banks and educational institutions.

The picketing parties of the students also effected closure of state government offices.

The beleaguered students of the college joined hands with NSUI, as academic performance of the college over the years touched a new low due to lack of lecturers.

Stung by the stir, the Sundargarh district administration assured the agitators to take up the matter with the government for urgent action. However, the Sundargarh unit NSUI president Ajay Amat threatened to lock the college if the government persists with its dilly-dallying attitude.

Meanwhile, the indefinite hunger strike launched by five students, Hemanta Padhi, BR Panda, Umesh Sharma, Amit Roshan Lakra and Sashikant Purohit, in front of the college, entered second day today.

Sources said of the total 51 sanctioned posts, 32 lecturers’ posts including that of the principal are lying vacant.

The botany department is being run by a single lecturer, while the approved staff strength is five. Similarly, for chemistry there is only one lecturer, while five posts are lying vacant.

 The situation is the same for most departments of the college, sources added.

October 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Fill up vacant lecturer posts in the government and aided colleges of Balangir

Following report is from the Samaj:

September 25, 2010 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Orissa to start high-tech coaching progammes for tribal students

Following is a report by IANS published in

Bhubaneswar, Sep 5 – Orissa, which has the second highest tribal population in the country, will start high-tech coaching progammes from next month exclusively for its tribal students to help them compete in tough competitive examinations.The state government plans to enroll about 1,000-1,500 students of Class 10 and 11 from 19 state-run tribal schools located in the interior areas for the programme. Sanjeev K. Chadha, director of the state Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare Department, said tribal students who are not enrolled in tribal schools would also be given the training later.

‘Two special classrooms would be set up in government-run higher secondary tribal schools as most of the schools are primarily residential. The schools will be equipped with computers, projectors and liquid crystal display (LCD) boards,’ Chadha told IANS.

Students will be provided around 300 hours of coaching by high-quality teachers and instructors, physically or through online and video conferencing. The programme will cost about Rs.3 crore every year, Chadha said, adding that the coaching sessions will include in-depth coverage of all the concepts of physics, chemistry and mathematics.

The project will help students to look beyond industrial training institutes and encourage them to appear in competitive examinations.

The students would be prepared for examinations like the All India Engineering Entrance Examination, (AIEEE), Orissa Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), he said.

‘We have already issued a tender to find out a good engineering coaching institute that would provide us the study material. We are likely to finalise this within the next few days,’ he said.

‘Since the Classes 10 and 11 are located mostly in interior areas and primarily residential, satellite technology will be used to train the students,’ said Chadha.

Orissa has the second biggest tribal population in the country. The state has a population of over 36 million, of which more than eight million are tribals, according to the 2001 census. The Scheduled Tribe population is 22.13 percent of the state’s total population.

The percentage of literacy among the Scheduled Tribes is 37.37 against the general literacy level of 63.8 percent . When it comes to functional literacy, the percentage is even lower.

The SC/ST Welfare Department will identify students who have the necessary academic background and basic ideas of Class 10-level physics, chemistry and mathematics, he said.

The department will assess the instructors for each school, a minimum of one instructor each for physics, chemistry and mathematics, he said.

The instructors will be assessed for their ability to facilitate classroom coaching and clear the doubts of students on the subjects, he said.

 (Jatindra Dash can be contacted at  

September 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm 1 comment

Ispat College Sundergarh and DAV College Titlagarh are now autonomous Institute

Following report is from the Samaj:

August 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm 1 comment

Enhanced scholarship for Orissa’s students; Is this enough?

Following is a report from

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to enhance scholarships for college students and those pursuing technical courses. 

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting presided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today. Plus Two, degree, post-graduate, engineering, medical, dental, agriculture and veterinary students will be eligible for the enhanced scholarships.  

It was also decided that more students will be given scholarships from the current academic year. The junior merit scholarship for the Plus Two students has been increased from ` 40 to ` 300 per month. Senior merit scholarship for degree students has been hiked from ` 50 to ` 500 per month.  

The PG merit scholarship will be ` 1000 per month. This has been enhanced from ` 60. The scholarship for students pursuing engineering, medical, dental and other technical studies will be ` 10,000 per year.  

The income limit of the parents for availing the scholarship for their wards has been enhanced to ` 4.5 lakh per year from ` 24,000. Interested students can apply for the scholarship to the Higher Education Department through their respective colleges. 

While 5000 students will be given the scholarship at the Plus Two level, this will benefit 1000 students at the degree level. 

At PG level, the scholarship will be given to 500 students. Besides, 10,000 students from different technical courses will be extended the scholarship.  

The Chief Minister underscored the need for creating awareness among the students about the new scholarship structure.  

He said the students should get the scholarship amount at the right time.  

Higher Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Bijay Kumar Patnaik, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Additional Development Commissioner Rabinarayan Senapati, Principal Secretary in the Finance Department Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, Secretary, Higher Education Department, Madhusudan Padhi, and senior officials were present. 

August 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm 15 comments

Balangir town students want lecturers’ posts fulfilled

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Students staged Rasta Roko here on Friday in protest against the continuing vacancies of lecturers’ posts in different colleges of Balangir town. They demanded appointment of principals and lecturers in the colleges without further delay.

Students of Rajendra College, Ayurvedic College, Sanskrit College, Balangir College and other colleges of the district headquarters town held the demonstration under the banner of a Joint Action Committee. The stir was led by general secretary of the All Kosal Students’ Union Dolamani Pradhan, Swadhin Mishra, Deepak Puorhit, Sandeep Bag and several student leaders.

The Rasta Roko in front of the District Collectorate continued for about three hours. The student leaders flayed the apathy of the State Government towards the demand of fulfilling the vacant posts of teachers in the local colleges. They threatened to intensify their agitation further if the vacant posts are not filled at the earliest.

Thanks to Kshetrabasi Naik for the following pictures:

July 18, 2010 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

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