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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 1:00 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 1:00 AM (IST)

Exams nearing, govt colleges still to complete syllabus

Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 11

The students pursuing various undergraduate programmes in different government degree colleges of the Jammu region are a worried lot as the syllabus of some of the subjects is yet to be completed.

The examinations for the third and fifth semesters will commence in November-end, while those for the first semester students are scheduled to begin from the first week of December this year.

There are 47 government degree colleges in Jammu province, including 13 in Jammu, seven in Kathua, six in Rajouri, four each in Udhampur and Doda, three each in Poonch, Reasi, Kishtwar and Ramban districts, and one in Samba district.

Sources claimed that even after hiring more than 800 teachers on academic arrangement by various government degree colleges this year, the syllabus of some of the subjects was yet to be completed.

“Teachers are selected by the government on academic arrangement in different colleges, but delay in their joining results in the loss of precious time. At times, it takes more than a month to start the classes. Last time too, a professor was appointed to teach computer applications just 20 days before the semester examination,” said Arun, a student of a government college.

“Even the syllabus of basic subjects, including political science, education, chemistry, physics and English etc, is yet to be completed. Moreover, there is no faculty for some of the new subjects introduced this year,” another student Niharika Gupta said.

Sources further said hundreds of permanent posts of assistant professor in different subjects were yet to be filled. These subjects include chemistry, physics, maths, English, botany, zool-ogy, geography, education, commerce, Urdu, environmental science, electronics, computer applications, biotechnology, geology, Persian, Hindi, Sanskrit, political science, music, economics and history.

When contacted, Satinder Singh, Principal, Government Gandhi Memorial, and nodal principal, Jammu division, told The Tribune: “A majority of the government degree colleges in Jammu province have already completed the syllabus. There might be some colleges in the far-flung districts where some syllabus is still incomplete, but it will be taken care of soon.”

“This year, around 850 teachers were hired on academic arrangement in the colleges of the Jammu region. Their deployment in the colleges was made on time so that the syllabus should be completed in time. As compared to the city colleges where there is permanent faculty, academic arrangements were made in other districts of the province,” Satinder added.


Students in a fix

Teachers are selected by the government on academic arrangement in different colleges, but delay in their joining results in the loss of precious time. At times, it takes more than a month to start the classes. Last time too, a professor was appointed to teach computer applications just 20 days before the semester examination. —Arun, A government College Student

‘Problem mainly in far-flung areas’

A majority of the government degree colleges in Jammu province have already completed the syllabus. There might be some colleges in the far-flung districts where some syllabus is still incomplete, but it will be taken care of soon.—Satinder Singh, Nodal Principal, Jammu Division

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