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Change in teacher honour

Teachers and students at Patna University are not amused by the administration’s decision to empower deans to nominate faculty members to be awarded as best teachers on Friday.

Three years ago, the university decided to take students’ feedback to honour faculty members on Teachers’ Day.

Pro-vice-chancellor R.K. Verma said: “Six teachers and six deans will be given the best teachers’ award this Teachers’ Day. The university decided to empower the deans to nominate the teachers, instead of taking students’ feedback, because of paucity of time.”

Sources, however, said the decision has been taken because of the underlying resentment among some teachers over being judged by students.

The university sought three nominations each from the six deans this year. Vice-chancellor Y.C. Simahadri, along with senior teachers, will choose one teacher from each faculty for the best teachers’ award. The function will be held at Wheeler Senate Hall from 4pm.

M.N. Sinha, a geology teacher at Patna Science College, said: “The university is giving the excuse of less time on hand. If that was the case, the university could have just felicitated retired teachers like last year.”

The students are dissatisfied too. History student Ankur Kumar said: “Felicitation of teachers based on our feedback was the best way, as we are the real stakeholders of the university.”