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Rajendra Autonomous College of Balangir, the oldest college in Western Odisha, will not receive its annual University Grants Commission (UGC) grants owing to large scale vacancies in teaching posts and alleged embezzlement of funds. The college had been getting the annual grants since 2002.
Against the sanctioned strength of 62 faculty members, the college has 40 vacant posts. The college has a student strength of 4,000.
Established in 1944, the college got permission to open degree courses in 1965-66 and it opened post-graduation courses in 1978-79.
The faculty crisis has become so acute that even the principal Prasanna Kumar Patra is holding dual responsibilities. He is in-charge of Balangir Sanskrit College and also Rajendra Autonomous College. With the college administration failing to solve the acute staff crisis, the UGC authorities have decided not to release its annual grant of `10 lakh.
The vacancies apart, college sources said, the UGC had taken note of an expenditure of `3.65 lakh towards purchase of computers for the college in violation of its norms. The UGC has set certain guidelines as to what amount would be spent on movable and immovable equipment and infrastructure.
When the college authorities sent the utilisation certificate, the UGC took strong exception to the purchase of the computers and stopped annual fund for 2013-14. Principal in-charge Patra admitted that the UGC had raised objections to the purchase of computers and did not release `10 lakh for current academic year. “The amount was spent in an unauthorised manner by the former principal of the college and other officials,” he said, adding that the Department of Higher Education has been informed about the financial crisis that the college is facing in the absence of UGC grants.
Sources said the UGC has asked the college management to return `3.65 lakh with 10 per cent interest.
Following report is from the Sambad:
Following report is from the Sambad:
Following is a report from the Sambad:
High court directed Orissa government to fill up the vacant lecturer posts of colleges of Balangir within 15 days
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. ”
Following report is from the Samaj:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)