Berhampur: It's a college where no student has passed since its inception. The state government-run junior science college at Jeerango in Gajapati district retained its dubious distinction with the nil result in Plus II (science) examination this year too.
As many as 20 out of 27 students took the examination this year. No student of the college has passed in last five years since its first batch sat the examination in 2009, official sources said.
The college was established in 2007 with Central government funds to facilitate education of mostly Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) children. Altogether 14 students had taken the exam in 2009 (first batch). While five students had appeared in the subsequent year, four and six students took the exam in 2011 and 2012, respectively, sources said.
College authorities attributed the nil result to lack of permanent staff. Only two lecturers (botany and mathematics) from Khallikote junior college, Berhampur, teach the students three days a week while one Odia lecturer from SKCG College, Paralakhemundi, is the in charge principal. "There are no teachers to teach chemistry, physics, zoology and English," said in charge principal KC Padhy.
Though there are several rooms in the college, but it is going without a laboratory, power and telephone. "We have written letters for appointment of permanent faculties in the college to higher education department," said collector (Gajapati) Basudev Bahinipati.
"I have also raised the issue at principals' conferences. I also apprised officers of higher education department of the lacunae after becoming in-charge principal in February," said Padhy. The collector has suggested the government to hand over the college to SC & ST Development Department. "As most of the students are from SC and ST communities, it is better to hand over the college to the department concerned," Bahinipati said. ToI
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