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Presi’s math advisers

Calcutta, Dec. 7: Presidency University will form an advisory committee in the mathematics department that would also take classes to tackle a faculty crunch.

The fledgling university had set up a similar committee in the economics department in June following a shortage of teachers.

Vice-chancellor Malabika Sarkar today said Presidency would finalise the composition of the committee next week. The authorities are in talks with experts from the Chennai Mathematical Institute and the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta.

“The (mathematics) department is facing a faculty crunch. The members of the new committee will be asked to take classes immediately. Later, they’ll help in framing the syllabus,” Sarkar said.

Sources said the mathematics department had four full-time teachers, against a sanctioned strength of 16. The department has 150 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Two of the four teachers are due to retire in the middle of next year. Three other teachers were transferred to government colleges last month.

Presidency sources said only one round of interviews to recruit teachers to the mathematics department had been held. “All other departments have held two rounds of interviews. No one knows when the second round will be held. So the advisers will be asked to take classes for the time being,” a source said.

Two of the four teachers selected in the first round of interviews have joined.

“The faculty strength has dropped from seven to four. The department is relying on the service of part-time teachers,” an official said.