Patiala: In the absence of any well defined education policy of the State Government the status of Higher Education is pathetically alarmingly and disgusting in Punjab. It is callous on the part of the state government that out of the 48 Government Colleges in the State, 20 colleges, that means almost half, are running without any regular principal. It sounds preposterous that the departmental promotion committee of the department of higher education, formally met almost six months back on 23 September 2014 and legitimately cleared the names for the deserving candidates for the promotion as Principal of the Government Colleges on the basis of criterion fixed by the UGC (University Grants Commission). But it is a mockery of the governance that the department took six month to issue the appointment/ posting orders. it is pertinent to mention here that three persons whose names were duly recommended by the DPC for their appointment as Principals, retired without serving as Principals, just because of the inordinate delay in issuing the posting orders.
The issue speaks volumes of apathy of SAD-BJP government towards the institutions of higher learning’s. The reliable recourses reveals that the promotion file is held up because of the vested interest of a highly placed Bureaucrat of the Punjab Government, whose spouse seems to be unhappy with the promotion norms adopted by the department of higher education and approved by the UGC.
I would invite the immediate attention of the Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal in to the matter of huge public importance that pertains to the future of the thousands of students, who all are studying in the headless colleges of the State. The thorough enquiry in to the matter, with clinical precision would surely reveal the intended bottlenecks, it would also ascertain as to how the powerful lobbies of vested interests at various levels of the administration put the spanner in the wheel of governance and delivery of natural justice.
(Bir Devinder Singh is former Deputy Speaker, Punjab)