In Punjab’s meritorious faculties, 84% seats vacant
Jalandhar, Could 8
When meritorious faculties have been opened in 2014 with a lot fanfare, they have been touted as essentially the most modern academic scheme of the time. The concept was to faucet the meritorious college students passing out of Class X and impart them with high quality schooling for the following two years.
Eight years down the road, the state of affairs has come to such a go that there’s not a single scholar within the Talwara meritorious faculty. There are 200 seats there.
As for different faculties, the numbers, if not dismal, usually are not encouraging. Simply 61 college students in Sangrur, 53 in Amritsar and 27 in Gurdaspur.
The one faculty with near 50 per cent energy is in Bathinda. In all, 441 college students are enrolled there.
Apart from Talwara, the scholar consumption of all different faculties is 1,000 every. This makes 9,200 seats in all 10 faculties. At current, only one,475 college students are enrolled — 16 per cent of the entire seats.
All of them are in Class XI; none in Class XII.
Maninder Sarkaria, Undertaking Director, Meritorious Faculties, offers the explanation for this. “The admissions couldn’t absorb 2020 due to Covid. The following yr, we had made a particular provision for direct admission to Class XII. Just a few college students utilized and solely 60 of them certified the doorway take a look at. Too few for 10 faculties. Therefore, the admission course of was cancelled,” he mentioned.
The meritorious faculty mission began by then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is managed by the “Society for Promotion of High quality Training for Poor and Meritorious College students of Punjab”.
Hit by the pandemic and sure controversial choices, the mission has taken a beating previously two years. Ask mother and father and lecturers they usually say delayed admissions in 2021, decreased funding for eating regimen plans and contractual system of hiring lecturers are a few of the causes for the sorry state of affairs.
One more reason they cite is that college premises was used as Covid remedy and ballot centres. This affected research, say mother and father.
With the scholar energy dwindling, a number of lecturers of meritorious faculties have been despatched on deputation to different authorities faculties. In Jalandhar alone, of the 35 lecturers, 18 are on deputation.
A instructor at one of many meritorious faculties advised The Tribune, “Authorities apathy has derailed the mission. In October 2021, the eating regimen allocation was decreased from Rs 150 to Rs 75 per scholar. Initially, college students obtained milk and fruits on daily basis, and eggs and non-vegetarian meals twice per week. Later, fruits have been restricted to 2 days, whereas eggs and non-veg objects have been taken off the eating regimen plan.”
Kulwinder Singh Bathtub, a instructor at Bathinda Meritorious College, mentioned: “Certified lecturers are appointed in meritorious faculties after having undergone a rigorous recruitment course of. Nonetheless, the federal government has not regularised their companies despite a number of guarantees.”
Sarkaria doesn’t agree that funding for the eating regimen was decreased. “It was a results of a tendering course of. The bottom bidder for the mess contact pegged the speed at Rs 75 to Rs 80. It should not be forgotten that due course of was adopted whereas alloting the mess contract.”
He additional mentioned, “This yr, we now have obtained greater than 20,000 functions for Class XI and the response to Class XII admissions is equally good. We plan to get issues again on observe from this yr.”
Training Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer couldn’t be contacted despite repeated makes an attempt.
REASONS FOR DWINDLING NUMBERS
- No admission in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic
- In 2021, the doorway take a look at was delayed due to the pandemic
- By that point, most of scholars had opted for personal faculties
- Provisional admissions to Class XII obtained poor response in 2021
- Solely 60 college students certified the take a look at — deemed too few for 10 faculties
- Contractual system of hiring lecturers
- Weight loss plan allocation per scholar decreased from Rs 150 to Rs 75 in October 2021
- College premises used as Covid and ballot centres
Began by Akalis
- The meritorious faculty mission was began in 2014 by then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal
- It’s managed by the “Society for Promotion of High quality Training for Poor and Meritorious College students of Punjab”
- Initially, the scheme took off with six faculties in Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Mohali
- In 2016 and 2017, 4 extra faculties got here up in Gurdaspur, Sangrur, Ferozepur and Talwara