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The science and technology department of the state has directed the BIT Sindri administration to prepare a short and long-term growth plan for the overall development of this only government engineering college of the state. Giving this information, director (science and technology) Dr. Arun Kumar told TOI late on Wednesday 1st August 2012, that the state government had decided to increase the intake strength of the institute from 690 a year currently to 10,000 a year in a phased manner.
"For this we need to assess the requirement of teachers and other supporting staff besides infrastructural facilities including classrooms, laboratories and hostels and work on a time bound future plan for the next ten years. Once we get the basic information, the department is contemplating to rope in the services of some consultants to make full use of the sprawling institute campus spread over 460 acres of land for giving it a look of a quality institution," he added. Dr. Kumar admitted that repair and maintenance work at the institute hostels had not been carried out since long. He said he would try his level best to improve the condition of institute hostels by getting it repaired in this fiscal itself. Funds for construction of a hostel and academic block have already been released long back but it is unfortunate that the construction work has not been started till date. Construction of IT building is hanging in balance since long as the building construction department has increased the estimated cost for construction of the rest of the portion by 59 percent leading to an inquiry, he informed adding that the department wants to see it completed at the earliest and was ready to bear the expenses. Replying to a query on dearth of teachers, Dr. Kumar said the department had sent the proposal to the personnel department and once it is cleared, it would be sent to JPSC for initiating the appointment process. "We are very concerned about impact on quality of teaching in the institute due to dearth of teachers but at the same time it is also true that very few talented people are interested in joining the teaching profession," he added. He also admitted that new post of teachers has not been sanctioned despite increase in intake strength after formation of Jharkhand and said the department was working on reassessment and restructuring the requirement of teachers and other supporting staff according to new curriculum. While so many posts may get abolished, many more new posts need to be created in the changed scenario, he said. Asked about the fate of three new government engineering colleges to be opened at Dumka, Chaibasa and Ramgarh, the director informed that the AICTE had submitted its deficiency report after inspection but it would be difficult to fulfil them soon. He, however, informed that post of teachers and other supporting staff for these colleges has already been sanctioned and the requirement had been sent to the JPSC for initiating appointment process. The state government is also tossing with the idea of running these colleges in PPP mode, he added.
Courtesy: Times of India
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