Teachers of Patna University can forget about the felicitation the institution used to give them on September 5.
Unlike the past two years, there will be no formal recognition of the performance of the five best instructors on Teachers’ Day this year.
Former vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh had introduced the practice of felicitating five best teachers. They were selected on the basis of feedback provided by students, principals of constituent and affiliated colleges and heads of various departments.
Their selection was based on their research work, academic papers published in journals and seminars attended.
Students had a rare chance to turn the tables and mark their teachers on five attributes — how they influenced the students, how they utilised the classes, punctuality, their power to motivate and knowledge of the subject.
But on Wednesday, the current vice-chancellor of the university, Arun Kumar Sinha, said: “This year, we are not going to felicitate the five best teachers because of technical reasons.”
Though he refused to give any specific reason for altering the tradition, sources said recent troubles at the university had forced the administration to scrap the honours.
Over the last month, the university has faced a number of adverse situations like a clash between employees and students in the main administrative block, assault and later arrest of computer centre in-charge K.P. Singh and the resignation of proctor Kriteshwar Prasad.
Sources said some teachers were upset with the university administration’s failure to protect computer centre in-charge Singh, who was assaulted by some students and later taken into police custody.
Randhir Kumar Singh, a sociology teacher at Patna College, said: “Honouring the teachers was a good practice. But the present situation in the university is not conducive to it.”
There has always been some resentment among teachers on how the university administration used to choose their colleagues.
A section of teachers had opposed the plan when former VC Singh had suggested it. They claimed that students evaluating teachers would demoralise them.
The university, however, went ahead with its plan to honour teachers for the past two years. Last year, dolphin researcher R.K. Sinha was a recipient of the award along with Magadh Mahila College principal Dolly Sinha among others.
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