There are more hands on deck at the renowned Deccan College. With the blessings of the state government, the 192-year-old establishment has filled up as many as 52 teaching and administrative positions in the last four months. All these posts were lying vacant for the past several years. College officials say this is the largest recruitment ever since the 1990s.
In a special report on January 22, MiD DAY had accented (‘37% teaching posts vacant at 192-year-old college where Tilak studied’) how the institute was struggling owing to acute manpower shortage. The state government’s directive of not allowing hiring for more than three per cent posts in a year was a major obstacle. However, in a meeting with state higher and technical education department’s then principal secretary Sanjay Kumar, Deccan College finally got the green signal to fill all vacancies.
By grabbing this much needed opportunity the college has filled up 43 administrative positions including 11 teaching associates and nine teaching positions. Even though teaching associate is an academic post, it comes under administrative positions. “In administration, out of 109 positions 45 were vacant till six months ago. But in the last four months we have filled up 43 posts. Of 20 vacancies in teaching positions, we have succeeded in hiring for nine. Remaining 11 are vacant, as we have not found candidates on positions reserved for backward categories,” said Prof VB Bhatt, director, Deccan College. The institute has three departments -- Sanskrit, Linguistics and Archaeology. In recent recruitment, Sanskrit department got three new teachers and five teaching associates.
On the other hand Linguistics received five teachers and two candidates as teaching associates and Archaeology department got one teacher and four teaching associates. Registrar of Deccan College Chandrashekhar Joshi confirmed that the latest round of hiring was the largest he has seen in his tenure. Rajendra Ghanekar, head of publication department at the establishment is a happy man, as after a gap of 15 years he finally got an assistant. “Since the last 15 years I was running the department alone. The peon in my department had retired in 1998 and since then the position had remained vacant. Now, I have got some relief as I can assign some outside work to the newly-appointed person in my department,” he told MiD DAY.
Labour of love
Under its Sanskrit department, Deccan College had started an ambitious project of making Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles in 1948. So far 28 volumes have been published by Sanskrit department. “After consistent follow-ups in December 2012 a special review committee appointed by HRD ministry under chairmanship of Prof Vidyanand Zha, senior faculty member of IIM, Kolkata, had visited our college and submitted a detailed report to the ministry. According to HRD authorities the committee has given a positive report and requested the ministry to fill up the vacant positions. Till date we have not received any approval from the central government but we are still hopeful,” said Prof Jayashree Sathe, head of Sanskrit and Lexicography department of Deccan College.
43 The no of administrative vacancies the college has filled in the last few months
9 Number of teachers hired in recent days