Kolhan University has asked all constituent colleges teaching BEd to suspend classes for a month till the contracts of all guest lecturers are renewed.
Such an instruction has been issued for the first time since the Chaibasa-based university started offering lessons in BEd in 2005. Till last year, the contracts of 44 teachers of 14 constituent colleges got renewed automatically every year. This year, the contracts expired last month.
But officials said the authorities were planning to make fresh recruitments and have sought one month’s time even though no specific reason has been cited for their latest decision in the circulars sent to the colleges. BEd admissions in Kolhan colleges were wrapped up last month with classes starting in most cradles from July 23.
“We have received the circular. However, we had not started BEd classes because some admission formalities were to be completed. We were planning to begin classes in August, but now have to wait for a month. All the decisions regarding BEd studies are taken by the university and we have to just follow the directives,” said Usha Shukla, principal of Graduate School College for Women.
A senior varsity official said the new vice chancellor, R.P.P. Singh, wanted to recruit new teachers. “This means that the existing contractual teachers will have to apply for the posts once again and appear for interviews. There are a lot of other issues. The National Council for Teachers’ Education has asked all private and affiliated cradles to create permanent teaching posts. The university is likely to look into those concerns as well,” he added.
But the university’s stand seems to be doing little to address the concerns of BEd teachers, who had met the vice chancellor Singh about a week ago, seeking regularisation of their jobs.
Students are apprehensive that their syllabus will not be completed on time. “We were happy that the session was starting on time, but now we have to wait for a month,” said Harsha Singh of Jamshedpur Co-operative College.