AAre the state universities in Telangana losing their originality and turning more into coaching centers? To get an answer, #KhabarLive began seeking information from researchers, professors and others. Some important data give us the tip of an iceberg.
Except for agricultural and technological universities, conventional universities like Osmania, Kakatiya and others would fail in their full potential to undertake serious activities.
According to sources from Kakatiya and Osmania universities, they have a checkered track record of producing top scholars earlier. However, first, the curse that befell them was the ban on the recruitment of professors and successive governments continued in the footsteps of their predecessors.
Speaking to #KhabarLive, a senior professor of life sciences at Osmania University pointed out, “A university is recognized for its research output more than anything else. But, for the past three decades, it was just about getting in, taking admissions, running classes with part-time faculty, and awarding degrees.
Expressing similar opinions, “when former professors from Osmania and Kakatiya universities, who were our research guides, while visiting the campuses, feared that deterioration was happening. State universities are transforming more or less like coaching centers,” said another social science professor from Kakatiya University. Many things happened after the establishment of the separate state. But nothing has changed much,” he said.
State universities currently face two main problems:
- – First, existing professors are overloaded with researchers. In turn, there is no scope until all have completed their PhD submissions.
- – Second, universities should have a higher percentage of professor-researchers, in accordance with the standards of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
However, the lack of faculty recruitment has left universities in a bind. “Currently, university research, in terms of faculty-to-researcher ratio, is only 50 percent of its potential, as each university has its full complement of faculty,” sources at Kakatiya University said. In the case of Osmania University, the last time it admitted scholars was in 2017. Currently, it only admits those who have qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in as researchers.
Responding to a question, a TSHED official said, “The matter is being seriously investigated. A decision on the finalization of the policy and the modalities for filling university teaching and non-teaching staff is expected soon”.
When asked how long? Since “the decision is expected soon” has been the same standard response for three or four years, he said, “I can’t comment on it.” This makes even senior ministry officials and the Minister of Education distraught. How long can anyone guess when it comes to the issue of recruiting university faculty. #KhabarLive #hydnews