Dearth of teaching faculty at KU’s north campus forces students to stay at home

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Since the campus reopened after winter vacation, we have not attended any class: Students

Riyaz Bhat

Srinagar, Mar 12 : In view of ‘non-availability’ of teaching staff in different departments at north campus of University of Kashmir (KU), the students Tuesday alleged that they have not attended a single class since the reopening of satellite campus after winter vacations.

One of the students of International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) department informed the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the students have been staying back at home because of non-availability of teaching staff.

“We are back at home and we do not attend the classes because no faulty is available to teach the student,” the student said. The fifth semester student further said, “No permanent teacher is teaching us.

If this situation will continue, we won’t be able to complete our syllabus.” “Most likely, our exams for the fifth semester will be held next month,” the student said. Another student of Computer Science Engineering said, “Irony is that the University is establishing the satellite campuses without hiring or engaging the teaching faculty.”

Sources in the north campus of Kashmir University said that they require more than contractual lectures. “However, as of now a few are in place.” The official further said that the dearth of teaching staff is mostly in CSC and IMBA department. In CSC department, we require at least 11 contractual lecturers. “Across the satellite campus, we have around 20 permanent teaching faculty.”

The official said that in the recently conducted interview of the contractual lecturers, some have been selected but as of now, no formal order have been issued. It also said that in MCA department, there are five permanent teaching facilities followed by IMBA department with three.

“M.Ed department is run by only one assistant professor.” “Across the campus in all departments, we have nearly 700 students enrolled, the official said. It also said, “The director of the campus has taken the matter with all concerned officials of University of Kashmir.”

“We are already in process of recruiting new contractual lecturers and I hope that the matter would be resolved in weeks time,” the official said. Vice Chancellor of KU, Professor Neelofer Khan was not available for her comment in this regard—(KNO)

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