The Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir has been initiating every possible step for delivering higher education at door steps to every unreached area /masses by opening new Degree Colleges and Cluster Universities which is a laudable step. The author appreciates this farsighted step by the Govt. But much is required to be done in this regard. To cite here I would like add that firstly these newly opened colleges lackinfrastructure and being run either in Hr. Sec. Schools or other Govt. buildings on temporary basis without proper classrooms/labs/libraries etc. due to which objectives behind opening these colleges are not being fully achieved.
Secondly these newly opened colleges and already established colleges lack teaching faculty and it is worth mentioning here that all such colleges are served by faculty on Academic Arrangement basis for more than two decades, who are serving their assigned tasks like designing question papers, conducting, exams and other confidential work besides teaching. Moreover, recently provided statistics reveal that contribution of these AA faculty in higher education department is remarkable as their number is more than 60 percent of total faculty available.
I would like to further add that all these faculty members are appointed purely on merit basis after fulfilling required eligibility criteria. Now taking their precious contribution in the department into consideration it is requested to LG J&K (UT) through this column to consider their genuine demand of regularization of their services which is under consideration apropos to already drafted regularization policy lying with concerned authorities.
Chak Jaralan, Nowshera