District Institute of Education and Trainings in Bandipora has been without a principal since six months, affecting delivery of education and planning in the north Kashmir district.
Official sources said that the DIET is headless since lastDecember when its last principal was promoted to joint director's post.
"Though a principal was posted for DIET in January fromJammu, he refused to join and since then it is functioning without aprincipal," an official said, declining to be named.
DIET Bandipora was established in 2007 with staff strengthof 46 officers, 24 of them Gazetted rank.
DIET is a district level nodal agency for providing academicand resource support at the grassroots level for the success of variousstrategies and programs undertaken in the areas of elementary and adulteducation.
The special institutions were established with the specialaim of improving primary education across the J&K state.
Official sources also said that five out of the seven Headsof the Department posts are vacant as the government has failed to fill upthese vacancies without regard to ensuring smooth functioning of the districtinstitute.
"Out of two HoDs one is also on deployment to directorschool education Kashmir which means there is only one HoD presently in theDIET out of the seven. Even though the government has been intimated many timesbut they have failed to fill up these vacancies," an official said.
The official website of the Bandipora DIET was last updatedin March 2018, speaking volumes about its current functioning, officials say.
Chief Education Officer for Bandipora, Javid Iqbal toldGreater Kashmir that he has already intimated the higher authorities many timesto fill up the vacancy of principal DIET.
"Still the government has not been able to fill up thevacant post which mars its smooth functioning," Iqbal said.