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Leaves lost in academic delay
- Order to regularise varsity calendar hard on teachers

Patna University has decided to cancel leaves of faculty members to ensure that syllabi are completed in time and all examinations are over by May 31.

New vice-chancellor Y.C. Simahadri had issued directions earlier this month to conduct examinations before May 31 so that the new academic session can also start on time. The directive is showing results, as college principals and heads of departments are taking steps to make the students ready for examinations.

One of the steps taken by the university to regularise the academic calendar is cancelling the leaves of the teachers till the examinations are over.

The university’s registrar, Balram Tiwari, said: “The university administration, in its effort to regularise the academic calendar, has decided to cancel all casual leaves and leave applications of the teachers who had applied for them so that the syllabus can be completed on time.”

The administration has also issued a directive for all teachers to be present at their colleges and departments concerned for at least six hours. To ensure the directive is complied with, the teachers would have to mark their attendance daily in registers. Non-teaching employees have been asked to be present at their respective colleges for minimum eight hours.

The teachers are upset with this order though.

A teacher of Patna College said: “The university administration is treating the teachers as students with senior faculty members being asked to register their attendance in an attendance sheet.”

Simahadri, after his appointment, held his first meeting with college principals and heads and dean of various faculties on February 4. He issued directions to complete the examinations by May 31 so that the new academic session can also start on time.

The principals and faculty members concerned have been asked to organise extra classes, too, for completing the syllabi before time. That, however, means subjects to be taught over three to four months are being completed in just a month.

A student in the rural studies department said: “Our first-semester examination is to start from third week of March. To complete the syllabus for the second semester, the teachers have although started teaching the courses concerned so that the syllabus is complete before the first week of May.”

The students are although happy that their examinations would be completed before May 31 which would mean they could apply for higher studies as well as jobs based on their results.

Simahadri’s efforts to streamline the university’s academic calendar assume importance, as it is already running late. The second-semester examinations of postgraduate courses were held in the first week of January, delayed by eight months.