Miscreants rule the roost at Patna Science College – Times of India

B K Mishra | TNN | Updated: Sep 27, 2016, 11.04 PM IST
 Patna: Antisocial elements have a field day on the Patna Science College campus after working hours every day, college principal Ram Jatan Sinha said on Tuesday. “Assets worth crores of rupees have already been taken away by the miscreants as the campus becomes a hunting ground for them after sunset,” Sinha said.

Sinha, who is to superannuate on Friday after serving the college for a month, said miscreants’ activities increased considerably following the demolition of duty rooms on the campus. As there are no night guards, everything remains at God’s mercy. Interestingly, all the illegal structures on the campus have been left untouched, he said.

The principal said he wrote to the chief minister and chief secretary besides the divisional commissioner, district magistrate and senior police officials of Patna, requesting them to save this premier institution, but all of them turned deaf ears to his request. He demanded deployment of armed guards and Rapid Action Force jawans on the campus.

He also said acute scarcity of teachers has been adversely affecting the quality of teaching as the existing teachers, very few in number, are compelled to work overtime. In 1970s, there were 43 teachers in physics and 42 in chemistry department of the college, but their number in all the subjects is reduced to only 29. Similarly, the college is also facing difficulties in conducting practical classes due to lack of equipment and chemicals. Fifty years back, chemistry department used to get an annual grant of Rs 1.20 lakh from the state government for purchasing chemicals, but nowadays the college does not get even a single paisa for the purpose.

Sinha said the government should sanction sufficient funds to the heads of the departments and college principals to appoint teachers on ad hoc basis for ensuring regular classes. He also demanded sufficient funds for raising the height of boundary wall for the protection of college’s property. Duty room should also be restored on the campus, he said.

Sinha said a campus affairs committee consisting of principal, heads of undergraduate and postgraduate departments, hostel superintendents and chairmen of all the college committees has been constituted for smooth functioning of the college.

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