Vice chancellor RPP Singh inspects a science laboratory at Jamshedpur Co-operative College on Friday. (Bhola Prasad)
Imagine a college so filthy that its university vice chancellor feels like getting hold of a broom and himself cleaning up the mess.
Dirty science labs, truant teachers and unused new library books are what recently appointed Kolhan University vice chancellor R.P.P. Singh discovered during his surprise inspection at Jamshedpur Co-operative College on Friday.
The VC, who visited the constituent college with Kolhan University controller of examinations Ganga Prasad Singh, first checked the teachers’ attendance register.
On finding out some teachers missing from college premises, Singh asked Jamshedpur Co-operative College principal R.K. Das to give them a warning and casual leave.
The VC also said if the absenteeism was a regular occurrence, the varsity would have to deliberate action against faculty members concerned.
Next, the VC visited the science block, including laboratories. Seeing the thick coat of dust on laboratories and their apparatuses, the VC questioned the principal on the dirt.
“The college re-opened recently after summer vacations so we did not get the time to clean,” Das told the VC.
In response, a visibly annoyed VC said if he had a broom, even he could roll up his sleeves and do the job.
“The college re-opened two days ago and the college still says that it was not cleaned because of time shortage. I’d like to see if I can do it,” he said.
He also checked the laboratory register to discover the last practical class took place in February.
Chemistry teacher Nita Sinha told the VC that too few lab technicians made conducting practical classes tough. “We don’t have enough lab technicians,” she said. “Shortage of fourth-grade staff makes cleanliness tough.”
More unpleasant surprises were in store for Singh at the college library. Books worth Rs 20 lakh, purchased a year ago, were still unpacked.
The stunned VC immediately asked the college to return the new books.
“I am surprised and heartbroken to see all this,” he said.