The Patna University administration is set to start the next session from mid-July but with a major problem — shortage of teachers.
Otherwise, everything seems to be in place. The form selling process of many colleges of Patna University for the undergraduate courses is already over. The colleges are now working for the entrance test to start the academic session on time.
The state government has been planning to conduct teachers’ recruitment at universities for the past seven months. The exercise would be taken up after a gap of 11 years. The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) conducts the teachers’ recruitment. But Raj Bhavan has not yet given its nod to the university new statute under which teachers’ recruitment will be done.
A senior education department official said on condition of anonymity: “The new statute for teachers’ recruitment is pending at the chancellor’s table. Once the chancellor’s office approves the new statute, it would be sent to BPSC and an advertisement would be issued.”
The education department official said even if the chancellor office approves the new statute within a week, it would take at least three-four months to complete the recruitment process. After issuing advertisements, the commission would invite applications and shortlist candidates for interview.
The Patna University administration is worried at the delay in teachers’ recruitment because it is facing severe faculty crunch. Patna University pro-vice-chancellor R.K. Verma said: “We were expecting that the university would get new teachers before the new academic session begins. But with the delay in recruitment process, we are doubtful that the varsity will get teachers soon.”
In Patna University the total sanctioned post of teachers is 888, while at present there are only 385 of them.
Students also expressed their disappointment over delay in teacher recruitment. Anand Prasad, a second-year student of Patna Science College, said: “We were happy to get full time teachers and not research scholars. But the delay has put cold water on our hopes.”