Classes in PU colleges started on May 30 this year, but about 140 posts of lecturers in 53 government colleges in Dakshina Kannada district still remain vacant. The government decided to appoint guest lecturers on contract basis to fill the vacancies, but the problem does not end here.
Shortage of lecturers not only affected classes, but also led to a decline in the number of takers for government PU colleges, especially in rural areas. For instance, new courses were sanctioned to 30 government PU colleges in 2010-11, but 15 colleges still could not commence courses as the department had not appointed sufficient number of lecturers.
While science stream was sanctioned to 25 colleges, commerce stream was sanctioned to five colleges. While all the five colleges have commenced commerce stream, only six colleges could start science stream in 2010-11. Though four more government colleges were ready to start science stream in 2011-12, they could not go ahead due to shortage of lecturers.
Government Composite PU College (GCPUC), Muthoor principal V Nagraj said, "The government had allotted 100 seats for PU in science (PCMB) stream in GCPUC for 2011-12, but the course could not be started as lecturers were not appointed by the department even after the last date for admission." He pointed out that parents were reluctant to send their children to the college, which lack lecturers.
"We need four lecturers to teach physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology, but the government has appointed only one lecturer for biology. Further, lack of infrastructure too is a setback to commence science batch in our college. Science course can be started from next academic year onwards only if the department fills all sanctioned posts in our college," he added.
Similar is the case of Government PU College, Sajipamudu, where science stream was introduced this year. No students came forward to join the PU course in science here, where the department had appointed only one lecturer.
Department of PU Education has sent directions to all government PU colleges in the district to fill the vacancies soon. As per the department circular, colleges can appoint candidates, who have passed post graduation with more than 50% marks, for the academic year. Sources in the department said those guest lecturers will have to work for an average of 32 hours per month for a fixed monthly salary of Rs 4,800.
Of 160 PU colleges in the district, 53 are of government and the rest are private.