JAMMU, Jan 2: Flaying the Jammu University (JU) authorities for violating the resolution made by the Campus Dean Meeting with respect to engagement of contractual teaching faculty, the National Secular Forum (NSF) questioned the rationale behind continual of the services of several Assistant Professors in Directorate of Distance Education (DDE).
Addressing a press conference here, NSF District Spokesperson Manmohan Singh said, “The matter regarding the engagement of contractual teaching faculty was taken up by the Campus Deans in their meeting on July 7, 2015 wherein it was resolved that one lecturer be engaged for enrolment of 500 candidates for PG courses in DDE and no recruitment was required for UG courses. But, the JU authorities are willfully ignoring the resolution.”
Citing an RTI reply, Manmohan Singh said three permanent teachers in the subjects Punjabi, Economics and History were continuing in DDE despite the fact that there was no PG course in the said subjects and even enrolment for these subjects was not up to the mark.
“Total enrolment for Punjabi in Under Graduate course for sessions 2016-17 and 2017-18 stood at 69 and 61 respectively. In Economics, the enrolment remained 197 and 158 for 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. In History, the figures stood at 230 and 215 respectively for the two sessions. It speaks volume about the anarchy spread by the JU authorities with respect to obeying resolutions of Campus Dean meeting,” he said.
He also cited the engagement of contractual lecturer in Dogri for PG course which recorded enrolment figure of 182 and 175 for sessions 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively.
The NSF Spokesperson questioned the rationale behind such arrangements by DDE authorities while setting aside the recommendation of Campus Dean in this respect. He demanded that all such teachers who are sitting idle in DDE be shifted to teaching departments for better utilization of their services, and the recommendations of Campus Deans be duly honoured.
He alleged that pick and choose was being followed by the authorities at the helm of affairs in JU.