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Shortage of teachers, staff hampers edn in BM College
39 posts of teachers and demonstrators are lying vacant
Murad Ahmed, Barisal

Shortage of teachers, staff hampers edn in BM College

A fewer number of sanctioned posts in accordance with the student-teacher ratio and prolonged vacancies in about 25 per cent sanctioned posts is seriously hampering the standard of education in the 126-year-old Barisal Government BM (Brojo Mohon) College, once known as ‘Oxford of Bengal’. B M College office sources claimed that 39 posts of teachers and demonstrators, out of 198 sanctioned posts, are lying vacant in the largest public higher education institution in the southern region.
The 33 posts vacant posts included 5 of professors, 3 associate professors, 5 assistant professors, 19 lecturers, and 6 out of 7 posts of demonstrators in science subjects. Of the total vacant posts, those lying vacant for the last few years include 1 of Professor and 2 Lecturers in Bangla Department, 1 Professor and 1 Assistant Professor in Social Science Welfare, 1 lecturer in Economics, 3 Lecturers in Social Welfare, 3 including 1 Associate Professor and 2 Lecturers in History, 1 Professor and 1 Lecturer in Physics, 5 including 1 Associate Professor, 2 Assistant Professors and 2 Lecturers in Soil Science, 3 including 1 Associate Professor and 2 Lecturers in Chemistry, 1 Lecturer in Management, Marketing and Mathematics, 1 Lecturer in Philosophy, 1 Professor in Islamic History and Botany, 1 Assistant Professor and 1 Lecturer in Statistics, and 1 Assistant Professor in Finance Department. The college has also faced a crisis of third and fourth class employees posts lying vacant for a long time. Against a vacancy of 29 posts, 10 are yet to be filled. The college is running with the help of 77 master roll employees, the remuneration for whom has been collected by students taking seminar fee and others charges every year. There are 24 posts of MLSS, but 17 have been lying vacant. Although the college needs more than 44 MLSS and minimum 26 office assistants-cum-computer operators, it has only 2.
Prof. SM Emanul Hakim, Principal of the college, said more than 26,000 students in 22 Honours and Masters level courses are studying in this college. A total of only 198 posts for teachers and demonstrators have been sanctioned to complete the curriculum for the vast number of students.
The ratio of one teacher against 164 students is not compatible with the desired standard of education, the Principal said. On other hand, 6 out of 7 posts in the Sociology Department are vacant. Of the vacant posts, 2 are in Chemistry, 1 each in Biology, 1 in Social Science and Botany.
Students are facing problems at every step. Zahirul Islam, a 3rd year student of English, said they are continuing their demonstrations on campus and  submitted a memorandum to the college Principal pressing their 15-point demands, including repair, maintenance of the college auditorium, playground, ponds, and construction of altar of martyrs, sculptures of Aswani Kumar Dutta, Poet Jibananda Das, martyrs and heroes of Liberation War, sufficient accommodation facilities for teachers, election and resuming activities of B M College Students Union. The list also includes demand of decreasing hostel seat rents and fees, preventing harassment of girls, drug peddling, illegal entrance of outsiders, motorbikes, solutions to teachers, transports, accommodation and classroom crisis, construction of gymnasium, medical center and supply of sufficient drinking water, books and study materials in central, and departmental libraries on the campus.
It may be mentioned that B M College originated from Brajamohan School which was established in Barisal in 1884. Romesh Chandra Dutt, the then District Magistrate of Barisal, motivated Aswini Kumar Datta to establish the school. It was named after his father Brajamohan Dutta. The school started functioning as a second grade college with the introduction of FA classes in 1889. In 1898, it was upgraded to a first grade degree college. Ganendranath Roychowdhury was appointed the first Principal of the upgraded college. The college reintroduced the Honours course in Economics with only 15 students in the 1964-65 session. It was nationalised on 1st July 1965 and
made a university in 1993 and subsequently, stopped offering Intermediate-level courses. After 1972, the government of Bangladesh decided to decentralise higher education and in the 1972-73 session, Honors courses in Bangla, Political Science, Islamic History, Physics, Chemistry, Accounting and Management were introduced in the college in the light of the new policy. Masters courses in Bangla, Economics, History and Chemistry were also introduced in the same year. Masters courses in all other Honours subjects were introduced in 1985.