Special Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: The recent revolt by a section of women lecturers of Rama Devi Women's College of the city against the Principal of the college is all set to prove detrimental to their own interests.

Over 50 lecturers of the college, who had been working in the autonomous institution for more than six years, are now facing the risk of transfer to distant places.

The revolt against the Principal for his efforts to enforce the existing rules had led to a serious protest by a section of women lecturers who demanded his immediate transfer.

The agitation, however, brought to the fore the fact that many lecturers in the college had been working for more than a decade without any transfer.

Stalemate continues

As the stalemate continued, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik intervened in the matter after which it was announced that the Principal will be posted in the Directorate of Higher Education in the city and the lecturers who had worked in the college for more than six years would be transferred to other colleges outside the city.

Meanwhile, the lecturers working in other colleges in the Capital city and neighbouring Cuttack have turned a scared lot.

They are cursing the agitating lecturers of Rama Devi Women's College for the government's decision to decide for a mass transfer of college teachers in the State.

If the government decision is implemented in the right spirit, about 180 college teachers in the twin-city of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack would be transferred to other places.

The government's decision, however, came as a blessing in disguise for hundreds of lecturers who were working in particular colleges in the interior districts for over six years. Many of them who hailed from the coastal belt of the State are now hopeful of a posting close to their native places.

According to sources, more than 800 lecturers who have worked for more than six years in particular colleges across the State would be transferred to other colleges shortly.

Many teachers facing transfer in the twin-city, however, are apprehensive that their colleagues who have clout and contact in bureaucracy and ruling party may pull the strings to evade transfer.