The student body has submitted representations to the education minister of Manipur, commissioner of the Department of University and Higher Education, and director of the Directorate of Education (U).
Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) on Saturday submitted representations to the education minister of Manipur, commissioner of the Department of University and Higher Education, and director of the Directorate of Education (U), demanding rationalization of teachers, librarians and staff and appointment of regular principals in government run colleges.
DESAM contended that only few subjects have high or appropriate teacher to student ratio and many government colleges have low or inappropriate ratio. Evidence of high variation for non-teaching staff from one college to another has been found, the student body said, adding that rationalisation is highly required for librarians and other staff in co-curricular activities.
The student body also mentioned that only 15 government colleges have regular principals, which are appointed for five years. It further said that there are no regular principals in 24 government colleges and six government aided colleges, while some are holding the position of principal-in-charge for over 23 years without any fixed tenure.
DESAM general secretary Leishangthem Lamyanba, in a video message, said that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic many students who were supposed to go for higher education outside the state would be studying in the state colleges. Besides, due to the high percentage of students who passed Class XII, who were promoted due to the pandemic, there is a need to increase the intake capacity of the colleges, he added.
Lamyanba urged the state government to initiate a policy to equally distribute the students amongst the colleges, while admitting.
Maintaining, it is unfortunate that most of the colleges are without regular principals, Lamyanba contended that it has affected the administration and academic development of colleges. He urged the state government to look into the matter at the earliest.
He also exuded confidence that the state government will take action on the matter raised in the representation. A representation on the same issue was submitted to the chief minister, education minister and commissioner of higher education, he added.
The representation submitted by the student body on Saturday included data based on the All India Survey on Higher Education, 2019 and the field survey by DESAM.rationalization, regular principals, Manipur government colleges