20 degree colleges without principal from last one year


As many as 20 Government Degree Colleges (GDC)s are without principal for the past one year, raising doubts about the administrative efficiency and academic standards in these institutions.
The colleges, officials said, were running headless for one year post retirement of the respective permanent and in-charge principals.
"A dozen of principals retired since December last year and the government is to find the replacement for these colleges. Leaving colleges headless speaks volumes about the inefficiency of the concerned authorities in addressing this serious issue," an official of Higher Education Department (HED) said.
As various colleges continue to remain headless, the HED had to cut a sorry figure during a recent NAAC team visit to Kashmir.
"GDC Shopian received NAAC team without a principal in place, which will earn negative point for the college. They (NAAC) will raise this issue. Principal of this College retired in January this year," an official said.
"The Degree College in native area of Ghulam Nabi Azad is also without a permanent head for past more than one year," he said.
The officials said GDC Baderwah, which also offers Post Graduation courses is also without Principal.
“The absence of the heads in the colleges has not only taken toll on the education, but also affected the day to day affairs in these institutions as the principals who are looking after the college in additional charge arrangement, have not been given DDO powers by the department.
"Besides salary of teachers, there are other day-to-day affairs for which you need to have a college head with DDO powers. Even if it is minor repair in college or you want to organise any seminar, it has financial implications," the officials said.
As per the official documents, eight Principals have retired from June 30, 2016 to May 31 this year. However, government is yet to appoint Principals in these colleges
"Given the delay by government, some senior professors start acting as principals without orders. Given the prevailing situation wherein campuses erupt unpredictably it is necessary to have permanent head of the college," an official in HED said.
Meanwhile, the list of Associate Professors whose interview was conducted by Public Service Commission (PSC) for their appointment as principals, has been withheld.
"Some of the Associate Professors had qualified the interview but the file is gathering dust in administrative department. 
“The irony is that some of the Associate Professors who qualified the interview have already retired from their services but the Department is yet to issue orders," said an Associate Professor wishing not to be named. "The panel will exhaust on June 15."
It is pertinent to mention that Associate Professor with experience of eight years is eligible for interview for Principal.
Meanwhile, the government during the past one year has also shifted some principals from colleges and attached them with Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) directorate, rendering the colleges headless.
"They were working as incharge principals but were attached to RUSA as advisors. They have no work in RUSA but were still attached there," some professors said.
Minister for education, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari said the files for appointment of principals will be approved within days.
"I am receiving files and will approve all of them by Tuesday or Wednesday," he assured.