Edn department overburdened
Edn Department Overburdened. The officers appointed for the new state of Telangana have a mammoth task on their hands. Each officer is given not less...
Too much on the plate for staff
Hyderabad: The officers appointed for the new state of Telangana have a mammoth task on their hands. Each officer is given not less than five to six departments, they are totally overburdened and it is expected that they have to prioritise the tasks.
While M Jagadeeswar will continue as Commissioner of School Education, Shailaja Ramaiyer has taken charge as Commissioner of Technical Education, Commissioner of Collegiate Education, Commissioner of Intermediate Education as well as Secretary of Intermediate Education. However, she will hold these posts as FAC (Full Additional Charge) until further orders, that is until new persons are appointed. Earlier, each department was handled by IAS officers.
Vikas Raj is the new secretary of Higher Education Department. He has also assumed FAC for Primary, Secondary and Intermediate Education.
As the schools will be reopened in another nine days, officials have to make arrangements _ with the support of ‘Rajiv Vidya Mission’ _ for full-fledged enrolment. The dropout rate across Telangana and AP has been high for the past five years. And, only from the last three years, concerted efforts were put in to arrest the trend. If this tempo is not continued, government schools will once again start losing ground, experts warned.
Although the Intermediate examinations have concluded, the valuation of the papers still has to be done and the onus rests on both the states. SSC Advanced Supplementary is yet to start. Both these things have to be carefully completed by the respective governments- and naturally the officers have to be cautious.
The Polytechnic admission process has to be conducted and the counselling and allocation of colleges is yet another key issue that Shailaja has to oversee.
Vikas Raj has to sort out many things too: Engineering admissions, fee structure, fee reimbursement and other things such as appointment of Vice-Chancellors, executive committees to universities in Telangana, etc. Although there are supporting wings such as Higher Education Council and JNTUH, it is he who should clear the file, after getting the new Minister for Education G Jagadeeswar Reddy’s nod. G Jagadeeswar Reddy, a novice in the education department, has made it clear that it takes time for him to understand things. “At present, my main task is how to implement my leader’s assurance of ‘Free Education from KG to PG’ to all the needy in Telangana. I will sit with officers to discuss this issue first,” he told the media.