From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 8:02 PM
Subject: Vacancies paralyze Sambalpur University
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Please refer to the news in the link and the attached report: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Vacancies-paralyze-Sambalpur-University/articleshow/9140976.cms
Vacancies paralyze Sambalpur University
Ashok PradhanAshok Pradhan | Jul 7, 2011,
BHUBANESWAR: Too many vacancies in Sambalpur University are ailing the functioning of the varsity. The varsity is short of 60 teachers and over 100 non-teaching staff at present.
Five Group A posts, including deputy registrar, welfare officer, assistant registrars (two) and 10 group B posts, including accounts officer, audit officer, medical officer and physical education officer, are lying vacant. In the absence of administrative officers, teachers have been given additional charge of these offices. The sanctioned strength of employees in the varsity is around 600, that of teachers over 150.
While the registrar should be an Orissa Administrative Service (OAS) or Orissa Education Service (OES) officer, a professor has been doubling up as a registrar in the varsity. About 12 other teachers have been shouldering the dual responsibility of teaching and administrative positions.
"Our PG departments have grown from around 20 to 38 in the past 10 years. But the number of teachers went down drastically during this period. We are short of at least 60 teachers. We are trying to fill up the vacancies on a priority basis," said the varsity's PG council chairman prof B K Tripathy. "The other problem is many of the existing teachers have been given additional charge of administrative posts, hampering their teaching commitment. Once the government fills up the administrative posts, the effective strength of the teachers will automatically go up," he said.
At the lower-level, three posts of assistant librarians, one posts each of junior engineer (civil), assistant store keeper and electrician, six posts of junior typists and 24 junior assistants are lying vacant. Around 40 posts under Group C category and 30 posts under Group D are lying vacant.
The varsity had cut its manpower drastically on January 2008, when the state government decided to abolish all existing vacancies. Besides, though the University Grants Commission has approved new posts for Hindi and performing arts, the posts are yet to get clearance from the state government.
Varsity registrar Dr S S Rath said the university is trying its best to fill up the vacancies. "We have already taken out advertisements for recruitment of some teaching posts. Besides, we have been pursuing the government for filling up the vacancies in administrative staff," said Rath.
According to the varsity employees' union, shortage of administrative staff has severely affected the varsity's functioning, putting a huge load on the existing employees. "The pendency of works has been piling up because of the vacancies. The varsity is heading towards a chaos," said university Employees' Union general secretary Mahendra Mishra.
"Though the universities are autonomous on pen and paper, they need the state government's clearance for filling up vacancies or creation of new posts. But unfortunately the state government has not been very proactive to fill up vacancies in Sambalpur," said Bhabani Hota, former member of parliament and president of All India University Employees' Confederation.
Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request you to look into the matter and take necessary action to ensure that adequate number of teaching and administrative staff are provided by the state to fulfill a healthy academic environment. The education of the students must be the first priority.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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