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Languages to lose teachers

Patna, Sept. 11: Patna University (PU) will not gain too much from the report of the rationalisation committee. Only 10 to 15 teachers would be added to its exist- ing strength.

The report of the rationalisation committee, comprising representatives of the Raj Bhavan and the state human resource development department, has suggested the creation of 200 teaching posts in the varsity. But at the same time it has asked the varsity to dissolve 185 posts.

Under the rationalisation process, the number of teachers in different universities and colleges is balanced according to their needs. The state government accepted the report earlier this month.

Sources said the language departments of the university, including Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian, would lose teachers. The music, home science and a few other subjects would also be affected.

The only teacher in the Sanskrit department of Patna College has no student to teach.

The postgraduate Maithali department of Patna University, too, has very few students. The three teachers at the department, Birendra Jha, Satya Narayan Mehta and Hira Mandal, teach nine students.

Sources said this year the department had gained an extra student. In the last academic session, there were only eight.

Birendra Jha, the head of the department of Maithali, told The Telegraph: “We have less students at the postgraduate level as there isn’t adequate admission of students at the undergraduate level.”

Sources said most students stayed away from language courses, as these often did not help students get lucrative jobs unlike vocational courses.

Jha said: “The other reason for the less number of students taking admission in postgraduate course is that in Patna University only a student who has an honours paper in Maithali can take admission at the postgraduate level. However, in Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University and Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, students who have a subsidiary paper in Maithali can also take admission to the postgraduate level.”

The Persian department of PU, too, has very few students. The three teachers of the university have only two students among them.

Sources said the students of Persian often choose to study courses taught at Maulana Mazarul Haque Arabic and Persian University rather than PU.

The report also suggested around 1,700 posts of teachers would be abolished under the rationalisation process and 500 new posts would be created in different universities.

As a result, around 1,200 posts of teachers would be reduced.

The report, prepared by representatives of both the state government and the Raj Bhavan, has also suggested transfer of 1,400 teachers within the universities.

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