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The teaching faculty of Kashmir University has come under severe criticism from students who say the faculty members often miss their class work which has affected their studies. The students from social sciences departments said sometimes the faculty do not attend to their classes regularly, while other teachers often come to their classes late in the day.
 A delegation of students from various departments of the university told Greater Kashmir that their class work has been badly affected in the recent past as teachers often remain absent from the classes. “Usually the classes begin at 10: 30 am in the university but the faculty comes at around 12 pm. Due to this our studies are getting hampered,” says a postgraduate student from one of the departments in the university. The students allege that it has become a daily routine of teachers to come late and not attend to their classes on time. “Although we have indirectly communicated to the faculty to be serious but there are no signs of improvement. In fact we have appealed to the higher ups of the university but our pleas have not been entertained,” they said. A group of students from different departments of the varsity said that in some of the departments the students were facing problems because of faculty members missing their classes. Due to irregular class work the syllabus remains incomplete. The students said they fear to take up the matter with the higher authorities of the university. “Our pleas through official channels were never heard,” they said.
The students said the university administration does not know what is happening in the departments. “Higher administration always denies such problems in the university, but the fact is that the university administration has no information of what is happening in their departments,” the students alleged. “They have never done any inspection to find out whether the teachers are attending to classes regularly or on time,” they added.
Asserting that lecturers in the university have to undertake many assignments, HoD Political Science, Prof Noor Ahmad Baba, brushing aside the concerns of students, said that the classes in the department are “conducted properly.” “Teachers come to the classes according to their timings. However, teachers have various other research assignments to undertake but not at the cost of classes,” he said. “Teaching is not a clerical job. There are assignments, seminars and other academic functions to attend,” he said, adding that the classes were being “conducted properly.”
 Head of the Department Sociology, Bashir Ahmad Dabla, also maintained that the classes are “properly conducted” by the faculty members. “During the recent Convocation there was a little bit of disturbance, but after that the faculty attended to the classes regularly,” he said.
 An Assistant Professor, who was appointed in the university earlier this year, says the academic atmosphere in the varsity has been vitiated by mushroom growth of canteens and cafes that have been allowed to come up in the university without any check by the university administration. “Here you will find students having a gala time in various canteens and that too at peak working hours like 12pm, a time when they should have been busy in their classrooms,” he says. This university, the young professor adds, looks more like a big “food outlet” and a “car bazaar” than an academic institution. “You will find many students having a good time in various university canteens and roaming around in their cars throughout the day,” he says. “This speaks about the academic atmosphere in the university where students can be seen everywhere except in their classes.” The senior faculty members, he says, get hefty salaries but they never attend to their classes regularly. “Then they ask the junior contractual lecturers to take up their classes who are then forced to attend to their incomplete class work,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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