Bhubaneswar, Jan. 15: Students and authorities of BJB Autonomous College today urged the state government to take urgent steps to fill up vacant faculty positions at the premier institution. The overall vacancy stands at nearly 50 per cent, with no regular teachers for physics, Hindi and music departments.
On the occasion of students’ union annual programme today, college president Sibabrata Nayak raised the issue before chief minister Naveen Patnaik and higher education minister Badri Narayan Patra attending the event as guests.
“BJB is touted as the best college in the state, but staff crunch has affected studies badly. Many classes are suspended for the want of teachers. We hope the chief minister takes up this matter with higher education officials,” said Nayak, adding that the college also needed an auditorium.
Principal Suresh Chandra Patnaik said the college currently had only 50 faculty members for different departments and need at least 40 more teachers.
“We have written to the government several times in the past regarding this issue. While there are no faculty members for Hindi and music, we are managing the physics department with two government college teachers on deputation here,” he said.
Naveen, who was the chief guest at the event, laid the foundation stone for a six-storey Plus Three arts block on the main (administrative) campus being built at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore. He also inaugurated a 300-bed hostel for SC/ST students and the partially built science block on the arts block premises, the budget for which is Rs 6 crore.
“Once the construction is complete, the existing arts block will be demarcated for Plus Two and the main (administrative) block will be exclusively for Plus Three. This process is part of the state government’s decision for the separation of junior college from degree colleges,” said Naveen.