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Teachers, say bye-bye truancy

Installing closed-circuit television cameras in colleges with a centralised monitoring system at Kolhan University’s administrative office in Chaibasa can ensure regular classes.

The idea struck new vice chancellor R.P.P. Singh after he paid a surprise visit to various constituent and affiliated cradles on Thursday.

Singh’s first stop was Jamshedpur Workers’ College in Mango at 8am. Later, he also inspected ABM College in Golmuri and Graduate School College for Women in Sakchi.

The purpose of the visits was reviewing attendance and methods of teaching. It goes without saying that he was disappointed.

“I visited Jamshedpur because I wished to see how our colleges here are doing. There are problems (in functioning), but they will be sorted out soon. We will do whatever we can do with our limited resources. I have suggested some simple ways to ensure quality education,” the vice chancellor said after his day out.

Singh is already known to have asked colleges to maintain a separate register for class timings. Teachers will need to mention the time when they enter a classroom and when they finish taking a class.

While speaking to members of staff at Jamshedpur Workers’ College, Singh shared his plan to install CCTV cameras in every college classroom. However, an estimated high budget may delay implementation.

The vice chancellor conceded that mentor crunch was a big problem in most colleges and said that he was trying to draw up a plan wherein retired teachers and NET-qualified students could take special classes. Until last year, postgraduate toppers were allowed to teach in their respective colleges.

“I promised that from July, students will not miss classes and that we will work harder to ensure that teachers are physically present to impart knowledge,” Singh added.

Singh, who left for Chaibasa after visiting the three colleges in Jamshedpur, further said that he was keen on students’ union elections and that the same might take place anytime between July and December this year.

A meeting with university officials and principals of various colleges under Kolhan University is also on the cards to pool in ideas on how to improve the standard of education as well as infrastructure.