Bhanu P Lhumi
Tribune press service
Shimla, July 18
At least 66 of 138 (over 47 percent) of Himachal Pradesh public colleges do not have regular principals. Reason: The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) has not held a single meeting in recent years even though many eligible teachers have retired without being promoted.
In addition to impacting the quality of education, vacant positions create a barrier to obtaining accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which is mandatory for established colleges. six or more years ago.
NAAC accreditation is mandatory for colleges to obtain grants under the UGC and Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, as adequate infrastructure and personnel are required for this purpose. There are only a handful of grade A government colleges in the state. Most of these institutions have not applied for accreditation or have not fulfill the requirement. “While 66 government colleges do not have regular directors, 19 have official directors. The remaining 53 schools have regular directors, ”said Dr RL Sharma, secretary general of the HP Government College Teachers’ Association (HGCTA).
According to data provided by HGCTA, 12 (out of 28) positions are vacant in Kangra district, 14 (20) in Shimla, nine (18) in Mandi, seven (12) in Solan, nine (14) in Sirmaur, three (seven) in Kullu, five (10) in Chamba, one (four) in Bilaspur, four (10) in Una, one (two) in Lahaul and Spiti and one (one) position is vacant in Kinnaur. The six director positions are filled in the district of Hamirpur.
The teachers alleged that the government ignored their request to promote eligible principals and create new faculty positions in line with UGC standards.
When contacted, Amarjeet Sharma, director of higher education, said the director’s posts had not been filled as the case was pending and two cases were pending in court.
Unable to obtain NAAC accreditation
- Of the 138 government colleges in Himachal, 66 do not have regular directors
- These colleges cannot apply for mandatory accreditation from the NAAC
- Accreditation is mandatory for colleges to obtain grants under the UGC