In Punjab pvt colleges, graduate teachers coaching post-grads

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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Ripping apart Punjab Government’s claims of quality education through en masse approval of private institutes, a performance audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) reveals shocking facts — graduate college teachers taking post-graduate classes and private universities recruiting an army of teachers in flagrant violation of eligibility norms.

The report, a severe indictment of the state’s private education sector, was released by Principal Accountant General (Audit) Jagbans Singh here today.
A scrutiny of the records of five private universities — Desh Bhagat, Chitkara, Chandigarh, Guru Kashi, Adesh and Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University (2010-11 to 2013-14) — revealed that three professors, 11 associate professors and 134 assistant professors were mere graduates. There are in all 212 professors, 281 associate professors and 1,202 assistant professors in these universities. Also, 91 professors, 176 associate professors and 970 assistant professors were post-graduates, despite the University Grants Commission clearly laying out that a professor must have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with 8-10 years’ teaching experience and an associate professor must be a post-graduate who should have cleared the National Entrance Test (NET) or its equivalent.
At the SGPC-run Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University in Fatehgarh Sahib, all four professors employed during 2011-12 were aged 70 and above whereas the maximum age limit fixed by the University Grants Commission is 65.
In its report on social, general and economic sectors (non-public sector undertakings) for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2015, the CAG report notes that owing to the “non-availability of updated position of faculty members in UGC files, the audit could not find the present status of faculty strength in private universities (PUs)”.
The report reveals that 148 faculty members in six private universities and 440 in 16 private colleges of Punjab have been appointed without following the eligibility criteria.