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Brakes on varsity course withdrawal plan

- Decision on class closure would be taken after appointment of new vice-chancellor

The plan to close less popular courses at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, and abolish the posts of teachers is on hold for now.

Though the courses were supposed to be withdrawn by December 7, a December 10 high court order squashing appointments of vice-chancellors (VCs) of six state universities has delayed the rationalisation of the subjects taught in the university and the number of teachers.

According to the high court order, six vice-chancellors, including Brabu VC Bimal Kumar, were appointed by Governor Devanand Konwar without consultation with the state government.

Sources said a decision of the closure of the less popular courses at Brabu would be taken only after the appointment of a new VC.

A committee appointed by the state government to rationalise the number of teachers according to the popularity of courses suggested on November 7 that 131 teaching posts in departments like Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Maithili and philosophy be axed. The government had begun the rationalisation process in 2007 to sanction numbers of teachers for different courses, depending on their popularity. Since these courses do not attract many students, the rationalisation committee has suggested that the posts be removed in 38 constituent colleges of the university as well as postgraduate departments.

The suggestion, however, has not gone down well in the academic circles of the district. Bihar University Service Teachers’ Association (Busta) has voiced its protest. The general secretary of the association, Arun Kumar, said: “The committee made the recommendation according to a survey conducted in 2007 when the number of students was less. Now, the number has increased considerably.”

Head of the Urdu department Tauquir Alam, said: “Teaching of Urdu, Persian and Bengali has been stopped at 15 constituent colleges. No serious reason was provided for the decision. It is a conspiracy by the government to close the subjects.”

The university has decided to follow the recommendations of the rationalisation committee. Busta, on the other hand, has requested the Governor and chief minister Nitish Kumar to prevent the implementation of the recommendations.


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