vacant teaching positions at BAU: It is working with only 15% of sanctioned regular teachers
Ranchi, Nov 11
State agriculture secretary Aboobacker Siddique has assured to fill up the vacant posts of Birsa Agricultural University (BAU).
Addressing the Research Council meeting at the university premises on Tuesday, he directed the university officials to send him a combined list of recruitment proposals sent so far to Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) so that he could speak to its chairman Amitabh Choudhary for expediting the recruitment process as the university was suffering from acute shortage of teachers.
vacant teaching positions at BAU: He stressed that a committee be formed to suggest modifications in the existing statutes of BAU in the light of present day requirements as the statute was three to four decades old and its several provisions appear to have become outdated.
According to Siddique, BAU is part of the state government and he is hopeful that most of its present problems including CAS and seventh pay package would be solved by the end of current fiscal.
Meanwhile, BAU vice chancellor Onkar Nath pointed out that the university is working with only 15 percent of sanctioned strength of faculty members and the teaching programme in newly established seven colleges is being managed by contractual teachers only.
He urged the agricultural secretary to use his good offices for speeding up the recruitment process of regular teachers by JPSC, approval of Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) for teachers and implementation of seventh pay package for teachers and scientists of BAU.
On the other side, state agriculture director, Rakhi Nisha Oraon underlined the need of close coordination between BAU and department of agriculture for properly addressing the issues of farm productivity, farmers’ empowerment and climate change.
Relating it, Siddique emphasized that farmers should be persuaded to adopt an integrated farming system, horticulture and high value crops instead of the traditional mindset of rice-wheat sequence for doubling their income.
Director Research A Wadood said that food grains production in the state was hardly 22 lakh tones at the time of creation of Jharkhand which has increased to about 50 lakh tones as a result of sustained effort of scientists, farmers and infrastructure support by the government and the state is nearing self-sufficiency on food grains front. Technological back up would be provided to farmers for replacing the upland rice with maize, pulses and finger millet etc for less risk and better economic return, he added.