At least 85 Colleges are headless while as 600 positions of Assistant Professors are vacant in different educational institutions across Jammu and Kashmir.
While the senior faculty members of the respective Collegesare looking after the positions of Principals, the students have been hit badlyowing to growing number of vacant faculty positions in many Colleges.
An official said the adhocism in the Colleges has also badlyhit functioning of the institutions without Principals as senior facultymembers in charge remain indecisive and apprehensive on taking decisions oncrucial matters.
During the past several months, the Secretary HigherEducation convened several meetings with College Principals to set up careercounseling cells besides announcing other academic oriented initiatives.
"But the initiatives in the Colleges without Principals inposition remain a non-starter," the official said.
Apart from 96 Degree Colleges which are functional in thestate, the government recently announced to set up 102 new Colleges.
Secretary higher education department, Talat Parvez said allthe vacancies will be filled before the commencement of new academic session.