NO ADHOCISM PLEASE…?

While the successive governments have been making tall claims regarding the education system, the fact remains that adhocism of teaching faculty across the nation has been adversely affecting the quality of education being imparted in the educational institutions especially the higher education institutions. It was in this regard that even the Supreme Court observed, “How long, how far will adhocism continue as regards the teaching faculty? If teachers don’t have job security, how will they discharge their duty of educating students, particularly in difficult areas?” The question was asked by Justice Ajay Rastogi while hearing an SLP in the case of a judgement of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. Many a times one feels that it is Government’s callous role that is playing havoc with the standard of education in our institutions of higher education and learning. It has been mostly observed that despite vacancies of multiple posts be that of Assistant Professors, lecturers or other faculties in Universities, Colleges and other Higher Education institutions, the government prefers to make adhoc appointments instead of going for regular appointments.While the emoluments payable to the adhoc teachers ranges between Rs. 10,000-15,000 per month, the salaries payable to the regular teachers are far higher than this. The situation in private institutions is all the worse. Isn’t it an irony that educational institutes are facing shortage of teachers despite lakhs of people being qualified for various posts?It would not be out of context to mention here that there are teachers who have been working on adhoc for more than twenty years and many among them are nearing retirement. It is unjust to have extracted work from them for the major part of their lives but paid them peanuts and to crown it all deprive them of all pensionary benefits. Practically they are thrown on the roadside with neither the enhanced salary paid to them at proper time nor their services recognized for providing them any pension. In such a situation the Government needs to reconsider the academic arrangement schemes under which various far-reaching decisions are being pursued to bring benefit to the Government but at the cost of physical, mental and financial welfare of the teachers involved. Indirectly the students are also involved because after all it is delivery that matters. People send their wards to the institutions after due consideration whether the student can pick up with his or her classmates. Those reaching superannuation feel disheartened when they reflect on their lifelong service to the society but with dismal days ahead as they have nothing to fall back upon.This is a clear indication that the Government is neither serious about recruitment of qualified staff nor in the performance and delivery of the faculties at educational institutions. It is high time that the stakeholders especially those in the governance realize that if they are serious about improving the quality of education, the first step in this direction would be doing away with adhocism followed by other augmenting steps. The earlier it is done the better would it be.