`Admissions have not been to the expectation of the Education Department'
960 students have been admitted to the 18 colleges No student has opted for science courses at the colleges Board has decided to start arts sections in all 18 colleges and a commerce section in one
HASSAN: The 18 government pre-university colleges, which have been opened this academic year in eight taluks of the district, are facing problems as there has been a delay in appointing lecturers. Though Minister for Public Works and Energy H.D. Revanna took the initiative to open colleges in rural areas the response has not been encouraging and admissions have not been to the expectation of the Education Department, according to sources.
Sources in the office of the Deputy Director of Pre-University Education said 960 students were admitted to the 18 colleges. Since no student opted for science at the colleges, the Pre-University Board has decided to start arts sections in all the 18 colleges and a commerce section in only one college, the sources said.
While 15 and 5 students have got admitted to commerce and arts sections respectively in the newly opened Pre-University College at Chippinakatte in Hassan town, 297 students have got admitted to Vanivilas, Vidyanagar, Channapatna and R.C. Road Pre-University Colleges in Hassan taluk.
The number of students admitted to various colleges in other taluks is as follows: Holenarsipur-251 (in seven colleges), Arkalgud-20, Belur-33, Arsikere-19, Sakleshpur 24, Alur-30 and Channarayapatna-206.
Deputy Director of Pre-University Education Bhavani said it had been decided to depute lecturers from existing colleges to the newly opened colleges, where classes were being held only for eight hours, in view of the delay in appointing new lecturers. A proposal for appointing 156 lecturers for the newly opened colleges had been sent to the Government. Though the posts were sanctioned it had become difficult to fill the posts before the commencement of the academic year. The option of appointing retired lecturers on contract to run classes was also explored by offering Rs. 4,000 as honorarium.
However, no retired lecturer was keen on the offer, she added.
Meanwhile, students in the two hostels being run by the Department of Social Welfare for students of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are facing problems.
The students alleged that they had not been paid a stipend since the last two years. Despite complaining to the authorities about the lack of maintenance of the hostel, no action had been taken, they added.