Published On: Mon, Mar 28th, 2011

No approved teacher, principal in 125 colleges of Pune University

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There are no approved teachers and principals in the 125 colleges affiliated to the University of Pune. The issue was discussed at the senate meeting where Director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD), Vasudev Gade revealed the fact.The shocking information came to the fore when a senate member, Vitthalsinh Dhakare asked how many colleges do not have a single approved teacher.

Gade said, “There are at least 125 colleges where not a single teacher is approved by the UoP. Out of these 125 colleges, as many as 24 colleges are without approved principals.”

The remaining 77 colleges without approved teachers have managed to obtain a stay order from the Supreme Court on any action against them by the University of Pune.

When asked about the checking of answer papers of these errant colleges by Senate member, Nandkumar Nikam, Gade replied, “I don’t have off-hand information.”

The university’s approval to teaching staff is linked to the eligibility of students from an affiliated college to appear in the exams. Colleges without approved teachers/principals cannot be designated exam centres of the university. The prevailing university norms say that students from such colleges then have to appear for their exams in colleges located nearest to their institution and which have approved teachers.

In case the nearest college is unable to accommodate additional students for the exams, it is required to assign two of its approved teachers to the college where there are no approved teachers. The two teachers operate as ‘custodians’ of the varsity’s exam material, including answer papers.

Nikam said that that University of Pune has to be blamed for the lack of seriousness in conducting examination of first year students of these colleges, as the answer papers are checked by teachers of these errant colleges.

Interestingly, the matter has come to the light at a time when University of Pune (UoP) was recently accorded the highest ‘A’ grade by the National assessment and accreditation council (Naac).

[Source: DNA, Times of India]