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Dispur warns college teachers

Jorhat, April 28: Dispur has asked college teachers not to neglect examination duty.

Reminding them that discharging various kinds of examination duty was mandatory according to government rules, the director of higher education (DHE), P. Jidung, based at Guwahati, in a directive to all colleges has instructed the principals to see that no employee neglects or ignoresthe examination duty allotted to them.

The letter, issued on April 25 by Jidung, cautioned that anybody found neglecting or not carrying out the work assigned during examinations would be dealt with sternly, according to the rules. He directed the college authorities to “furnish” the names of employees who are found to be neglecting their allotted/assigned examination duty, to his office for “necessary action”.

The letter stated that a meeting was held on April 22 in the office of the DHE to discuss smooth conduct of examination work in the colleges.

The meeting, attended by Jidung, representatives of Assam College Teachers’ Association, Assam College Principals’ Council and officials of Gauhati University, reiterated that the involvement of college teachers in examination work was mandatory. The directive asked the college authorities to treat the matter as “most urgent”.

Education department sources said examination work meant duty allotted in management of examinations, invigilation, evaluation and scrutiny of answer sheets.

Sources said the strong statement issued by the DHE to the employees on not neglecting any kind of college examination work comes in the wake of reports that a section of college employees is reluctant to do examination work. There was an increase in the number of examinations at the undergraduate level three years ago with both Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University switching over to the semester system.

Sources said both the universities divided the colleges affiliated to them into different zones as part of the effort to streamline the administration of colleges. But some teachers found it “difficult” to move out of their districts to adjoining ones to attend to various kinds of examination work.

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 Centre’s National Higher Education Mission) over the next three years to make higher education affordable and more accessible.

Earlier this year, Jidung had asked the college principals (provincialised and permanent) to take permission from him before leaving station headquarters.

He had also asked teaching and non-teaching staff of colleges to obtain approval from the college authorities before visiting the DHE office at Kahilipara in Guwahati.

These directives were issued in wake of principals, teaching and non-teaching staff of colleges across Assam visiting the DHE office randomly, leading to a “chaotic situation” that hampered its normal functioning.