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New academic session of GDCs is suffering due to shortage of staff

Jammu, August 31:  Government Degree Colleges in Jammu are facing shortage of faculty in various subjects which has made it unable to run academic affairs with ease because the candidates who were selected under the initiative to engage eligible candidates as Lecturers/Teaching Assistants/Librarians and Physical Training Instructors (PTIs)/Assistants on an academic arrangement basis for the academic session 2015-16.

In order to fill vacancies in various subjects in different GDCs in the winter capital of the state on an academic arrangement basis, the Higher Education Department had invited applications from eligible candidates having NET/SLET/PhD. The selection committee was constituted to conduct a written screening test for all the eligible candidates. However, the candidates with NET/SLET/PhD were exempted from the screening test.

It is reported in The Tribune that  a three counseling held in July at GGM Science College where more than 4,500 applications were received against tentative vacancies of 836 for academic arrangements in 37 subjects in various colleges of the Jammu Division.

The sources added that there were some candidates selected during the counselling but those who were not selected had approached the state High Court due to which those who were selected are now unable to join their respective colleges making it hard for college to run regular classes.

Dr Ajeet Angral, Principal, GGM Science College, and Nodal Principal of all city degree colleges told The Tribune that there were some difficulties in running academic affairs in the colleges.

“Ever since the new academic session began, there are no regular classes being held due to non-availability of lecturer of a particular subject. Permanent faculty of the colleges are being requested to take additional lectures so that the syllabus can be completed well in time,” he said.

“Though there is sufficient staff in city colleges to deal with any situation, the problem persists to some extent. I am hopeful that the matter will be sorted out soon,” Dr Angral added.