Government jr colleges left in lurch

Government jr colleges left in lurch
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Private junior colleges outnumbering government colleges is raising pertinent questions like, is the state government leaving the fate of the entire sector in the hands of private people. There are 444 government colleges and 150 aided colleges against 2000 plus private colleges.

##BIG-IMAGE#Tirupati: Private junior colleges outnumbering government colleges is raising pertinent questions like, is the state government leaving the fate of the entire sector in the hands of private people. There are 444 government colleges and 150 aided colleges against 2000 plus private colleges.

Adding to the woes are staffing issues with state-run colleges. Out of 5632 regular staff required for Government junior colleges, less than 2,000 are in rolls and the rest are appointed on contract basis.

As many as 175 colleges do not have principal. All the regional joint directors, regional inspecting officers, DVEOs are in-charges, no regular officer is working in these posts. Last but not the least, the Commissioner of board of Intermediate Education also on full additional charge and not on regular basis.

Meanwhile, contract lecturers did not get renewal orders even after one month of reopening of college. They are in service or not now is a dilemma, as the renewal orders are issued in the first week of June.

On the other hand, textbooks were not supplied for students in government junior colleges. Government junior colleges are also suffering from lack of proper infrastructure. Laboratories were not properly established. Problems plague most aided junior colleges. Even the TTD junior colleges also depending on the contract lecturers for years together.

After bifurcation of the state seven mandals in the Polavaram area were merged in state. The junior colleges of these mandals neither have lecturers nor principals. “If the government is interested it should hold a dialogue with the stakeholders who can present the ground realities.

Instead, they are discussing with vice chancellors and others, which is of no use,” said a junior lecturer on the condition of anonymity General secretary of Government Junior Lecturers Association (GJCLA) V Ravi told The Hans India, that they have made several representations to the government to appoint regular faculty and provide better infrastructure. “How can the government can expect us to compete with the private colleges, without proper facilities,” he asked.

Stating that parents ask for Eamcet and IIT coaching, which is not available in junior colleges, Ravi said, “If the same trend continues total intermediate education will collapse at least as far as the government sector is concerned.”

By V Pradeep Kumar

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