In haste to make new colleges functional, classes being started in Panchayat Ghars

In a haste to make the newly announced colleges functional, the J&K government has decided to start the classes of these institutions from the Panchayat Ghars as a make-shift arrangement. The premises of the Panchayat Ghars however will be kept available for village related works beyond the college timings and on all holidays.

The decision to start the class work of newly announced degree colleges was approved by Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai while taking a review meeting of higher education department earlier this month.

Academicians have termed the decision weird, saying the move will be a mockery of education system. “It was better to merge the classes of these students with the students in adjacent college or hire a proper spacious accommodation on rent to run the college,” said a professor wishing not to be named.

As per the minutes of the meeting released by the government, it has been decided that the premises of these Panchayat Ghars would be made available beyond college timing and on holidays for any of the village related work or any sort of assembly.

“The higher education department would also pay nominal rent for such buildings of the Panchayat as per resolution of the Panchayat,” read the minutes of the meeting.

Over the years, the rural development has constructed two types of Panchayat Ghars. Those buildings constructed up to 2009 have two rooms and one hall besides a washroom while as the Panchayat Ghars constructed post 2009 are six-room buildings including a hall.

The department has decided to start the colleges in make shift arrangements at a time when the previous colleges approved around a decade are without permanent campuses due to the laxity of the successive regimes.

Around 23 existing (previous) colleges are without permanent buildings in J&K state and are functional from make shift arrangements of a primary or higher secondary schools. The colleges are adjusted in three to four rooms of these schools.

The functioning of newly announced colleges is likely to encourage the adhocism in the department as the department has decided to give charge of Principals of these new colleges to the Principals of adjacent colleges. As of now, the government has not created any teaching or non-teaching posts in these colleges.

“One assistant professor of the permanent faculty of higher education department is being posted in the new colleges, besides, one permanent employee (class-IV) will be assigned from the adjacent colleges to manage the affairs of these new colleges,” read the minutes of the meeting, adding that the creation of 520 teaching and 520 non teaching have been taken up with the finance department for sanction.