HC issues notices to govt, VC on Ravenshaw PIL

Cuttack: Orissa High Court has issued notices to the state government and the Vice Chancellor of Ravenshaw University after taking cognisance of a PIL that seeks judicial intervention for the appointment of required faculty and proper infrastructure for the varsity.

Asking the respondents to file their counters within four weeks, the High Court yesterday ordered to put up the matter for hearing soon after getting counter affidavits.

Alleging that lack of sufficient faculties, inadequate infrastructure, absence of academic ambience and above all dearth of administrative control of the authorities were dogging the University, Chittaranjan Mohanty, a former President of erstwhile Ravenshaw College Students Union had approached the High Court for judicial direction to save the famous institution from further decay.

Khirod Rout, advocate for the petitioner told reporters that the University now has strength of nearly 8,000 students in its roll.

"As per the UGC guidelines, the University needs as many as 400 permanent teachers to take care of academic activities. But the state government way back in 2007 had sanctioned for only 153 faculty positions and during the last six years, the varsity authorities have managed to recruit only 75 teachers," Rout said adding, the students faced untold miseries for lack of faculties.

"In many departments, even half of the syllabus was not completed and the students are forced to appear at the term-end examinations depending heavily on obsolete and inconsequential notes," he said.

Rout also pointed out that prior to the University status granted to the Institution, the erstwhile autonomous college in 2005 had as many as 250 permanent teachers and over 100 guest teachers to cater to the needs of only 5,000 students.

Speaking on inadequate facilities, the petitioner maintained that due to lack of sufficient hostels and classrooms, the students were put to inhuman treatment leading to frequent students' unrest in the campus.

The advocate was also critical about the role of the state government and the University authorities for tarnishing the image of the reputed educational institution.