Jorhat, Jan. 22: Dispur has asked principals of all colleges in Assam to take permission from the director of higher education (DHE) for leaving station headquarters.
The directive issued recently by DHE Phanindra Jidung to all provincialised and government colleges, has also asked teaching and non-teaching staff of colleges to obtain approval from the college authorities to visit the DHE office at Kahilipara in Guwahati.
Both the directives come in wake of principals, teaching and non-teaching staff of colleges across Assam visiting the DHE office randomly leading to a “chaotic situation” in the office and hampering its normal functioning.
The letter stated: “It has been observed that most principals of colleges are in the practice of leaving their respective headquarters without obtaining permission from respective departmental controlling authorities which is an irregular and not permissible practice as per relevant clause of rules in force.”
Departmental controlling means order from higher authorities.
Jidung said as a result of such practices, there has been “acute dislocation” of urgent official work — both academic and administrative in nature — in the colleges. He said henceforth all principals are directed to seek “approval/consent” from the DHE before leaving station headquarters.
The director said the particular instruction has been issued in the interest of public service to ensure that no work remains pending and smooth functioning of the colleges.
The letter also stated that of late, some college teachers and non-teaching staff have been visiting the DHE office frequently without taking permission from college authorities.
Jidung said as a result of such a practice, a “chaotic situation” had been created on the DHE office premises which was obstructing normal functioning of the office.
The directive asked that no teacher or non-teaching staff should visit DHE office without obtaining proper permission from the respective college authorities on the pretext of official work.
The directive, however, said one member of non-teaching staff of a college may be deputed for any official work related to the college with an official order from the principal as and when necessary. The letter asked the colleges to treat both the matters as “most important”.
In another directive, Jidung has asked all colleges to observe National Girl Child Week from January 18 to January 24 and also celebrate National Day For Girl Child on January 24 in a “befitting manner”. He has asked the colleges to submit “action taken reports” along with photographs to his office within seven days after the celebration.
There are 189 provincialised colleges and five government colleges in the state. The government has taken up a plan to set up 12 government colleges in 12 districts (under the central government’s National Higher Education Mission) over the next three years to make higher education affordable and more accessible.