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3-member panel to monitor technical institutes in Punjab

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

In a bid to improve the functioning of technical education institutes in Punjab, the government on Monday constituted a three-member committee to monitor technical institutes in the state. Non-performing teachers and principals of these polytechnic institutes would be transferred.

Education and Industrial Training Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said a decision has been taken to strengthen the overall system of the government polytechnic colleges. He said one member each from Maharaja Ranjit Singh University Bathinda, Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, and technical education board would be part of this committee.

Channi said the committee would soon visit all government polytechnic colleges and submit a detailed report about infrastructure development, upgradation of courses and other requirements. The minister has issued clear-cut instructions that only courses which are suitable for employment would be run by the government institutes. He said outdated courses would be wound up

The minister took another important decision to shift out non-performing principals of the polytechnic colleges.

The meeting decided to attach the performance of the entire staff and lecturers of Technical Education Department with Annual Career Review (ACR). Increment in pay and promotions would henceforth be based on performance.

Channi said the deployment of staff in the department would be restructured and rationalised. Apart from this, he said the practice of different cadres would be put to an end and there would be only one cadre in the department.

Directions were also given to the heads of the colleges to ensure 100 per cent admission and results. It was decided to fix the responsibility of non-performers. Channi said the teachers of polytechnic colleges would adopt students and that particular teacher would be responsible for the performance of the adopted students.

The minister directed implementation of the biometric attendance system within a month and asked the heads of colleges to purchase biometric attendance equipment as per norms laid by the government. He said the attendance system will apply to teachers and students from this academic session.

Channi issued directions to promote sports, cultural, National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) activities in the polytechnic colleges for the overall development of students. “The heads of the polytechnic colleges would be held accountable for implementing all the decisions,” added Channi.