Online classes: Notice to dozen college principals, assistant profs for violation of government order

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Higher Education Secretary DHananjay Dewangan addressing the principals of different colleges.

Higher Education Department Secretary Dhananjay Dewangan has directed to issue show cause notice to principals and assistant professors indulging in violation of a state government order to ensure online class for college students. The notice reads why the salary increment of the principals and assistant professors found guilty should not be stopped. Around one dozen principals and assistant professors have been issued notices; it was said in a meeting chaired by Dewangan on Saturday evening.

The Higher Education Secretary thoroughly reviewed the performance of professors in the meeting of the principals of all the colleges of Raipur division held for about 5 hours in the Mantralaya on Saturday. About a dozen assistant professors who have failed to take online classes as per the stipulated time, and many principals for erroneous reporting. Commissioner of Higher Education Department Sharda Verma and other senior officials were present in the meeting.

Dewangan said that at present time, it is the primary responsibility of the principals of the college for monitoring online classes conducted for students. He said that there should be no laxity in it. He instructed the principals to conduct online classes compulsorily from the college itself. He also asked the principals to join the online class from time to time to monitor the quality and continuity.

He said that if an assistant professor is on leave for unavoidable reasons, alternative arrangements should be made. The Higher Education Secretary instructed all principals to ensure 100% classes. Secretary said that principals and in-charge principals should also take online classes on a regular basis.

The Higher Education Secretary stated clearly in the meeting that the performance of principals and assistant professors will be evaluated according to the online classes conducted during the Corona period. He also said that every effort should be made to make 100 percent students join online classes. For the success of online classes, the higher education secretary directed the principals to contact the students and their parents on telephone regularly and instructed them to motivate them.

He said that the quality of construction works going on in colleges should be constantly monitored. In the meeting, the amount allocated for the colleges and updated status of construction work was reviewed.

Higher Education Commissioner Sharda Verma gave detailed guidelines to the principals regarding advance action for disposal of retirement cases. He said that keeping in mind the date of retirement of college officials and employee, the process of preparing the case should be started at least 2 years in advance. Instructions were also given to the principals to follow the prescribed time limits for service verification, NOC and online pension cases. She asked the principals to plant saplings as much as possible on the vacant places in the college campus with special attention to cleanliness of the college premises and classrooms. In the meeting, the principals were instructed to make necessary preparations as per the criteria regarding the good grading of colleges.

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