Staff Reporter

Shortage of faculty hits academic activities in Government Arts College

40 guest lecturers removed from the service

Commerce, English and Mathematics among departments worst affected

RASIPURAM: The shortage of faculty members in Thiruvalluvar Government Arts College here is adversely affecting the academic activities.

The college has more than 1,000 students in nine undergraduate and three postgraduate programmes. About 600 new students are expected to be admitted in the first year in the coming months. But the college has just 31 regular teaching staff members. A total of 57 posts remain vacant.

The college administration earlier managed to conduct the classes by engaging guest lecturers. But the government recently directed the college not to engage guest lecturers. As a result, a total of 40 guest lecturers, who worked the college for a consolidated pay, had been removed from the service. This has severely affected the academic activities in the college. Annoyed over the move, students staged a dharna on the college premises on Friday.

Students point out that many departments in the college are not functioning fully due to staff shortage. The problem, says a college official, is worse in the case of departments such as Commerce, English and Mathematics.

The Commerce department is functioning without a regular teaching staff member for long. All the five teaching posts remain vacant.

The English department, which is sanctioned with 10 posts, has just two faculty members.

The Mathematics department too has two teaching staff.

The History department has three and the Chemistry department six.

A majority of the students studying in the college are coming from the economically backward sections of society.

The college could not provide better education to the students due to the shortage of faculty members, people in the town point out.

Students and the parents urged the government to fill up all the vacancies in the colleges.