Published On: Sat, Aug 4th, 2012

Panjab University is facing Huge Staff Crunch

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Panjab University (PU) which is located at Chandigarh is often counted amongst the leading universities. But, the figures related to staff employed in PU is portraying a poor sketch.  This university is severely crippled by staff crunch. The exponential hike in number of students on campus, from 5,000 till five years ago to its current strength of 20,000, PU’s teaching departments are majorly struggling to meet the faculty crunch. Currently, most of the PU departments are running on 42% staff strength in comparison to the number of posts sanctioned.

During  its presentations for various assessments and budgetary purpose, PU has revealed a figure of 1510 sanctioned posts to government of India. Out of these, currently 640 teachers are working as permanent teachers. The department is in dying need for faculty. As shared by Rajat Sudhir, chairperson, department of bio-chemistry, they are currently managing classes and other academic work through research scholars and two re-employed faculty. Each year, the number of teachers is reducing because of retired faculty whose places are lying vacant and no new recruitment are being done. This department currently has close to 140 students enrolled in masters’ programme and caters to over 200 extra students in other departments, has only six regular teachers against 16 sanctioned posts. Likewise, close to 85 centres and departments in PU are facing a similar crisis.

According to Sukhdev Singh, chairperson, department of Punjabi, there are close to 400 students in the department and only three teachers bearing the work load. We have facing a harrowing time on the research front.  Over 10 posts are lying vacant and research scholars share the burden of faculty members, who seldom find time for research. In addition to it, PU’s department of chemistry, which is the second largest contributor to university’s research work, has only 17 permanent teachers instead of 45 sanctioned posts. In a still worse case. On the other hand, Physical education department, with over 100 students, has four teachers against 15 sanctioned posts.