Sanskrit schools in Uttar Pradesh are in bother. Of the 958 Sanskrit schools providing the topic from courses 6 to 12, 117 of them wouldn’t have a single teacher left, whereas 58 authorities-aided Sanskrit-medium secondary schools have already closed down because of a shortage of lecturers. Reason for the shortage: recruitment of Sanskrit lecturers has been caught in bureaucratic limbo for the previous three many years.
State secondary education minister and deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma stated, “We are aware of the acute shortage of teachers in Sanskrit schools of the state. We are in the process of appointing retired Sanskrit teachers in the most-affected schools for the time being and have also decided to fill up the vacant posts on a priority.”
After coming to energy, the BJP authorities within the state had entrusted the accountability of appointments in Sanskrit schools to the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Service Selection Board (UPSESSB). The Secondary Education division had despatched a requisition for the appointment of 1,282 lecturers a 12 months in the past however recruitments haven’t began until date, rued a senior teacher of a Prayagraj-based Sanskrit faculty.
The scenario might be understood by the truth that out of 42 Sanskrit schools in Prayagraj district alone, as many as 18 wouldn’t have a single teacher left. Three of those schools are ‘open with just peons managing affairs, while one is opening with things being managed by a clerk, the teacher claimed. There are about a dozen schools where there is only one teacher, he added. Seeing the alarming condition of Sanskrit education, Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan (Lucknow) chairman Vachaspati Mishra had written to deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma on August 16, requesting to arrange for teachers on an honorarium or on contract basis.
“The state government has been informed about the shortage of teachers in Sanskrit schools across the state. I am confident that this problem will be resolved soon,” said Mishra.
State Sanskrit Schools Teachers’ Association vice-president and spokesperson Rajesh Mishra ‘Dheer’ stated, “With the recruitment of teachers not having taken place in almost 30 years now, Sanskrit education is taking a serious hit in UP.”
How Many Vacancies and Where
Of the prevailing 1,282 vacant posts for principals and lecturers, the utmost variety of over 135 posts is vacant in Varanasi. Though officers are tight-lipped over the problem, in keeping with the Education Directorate info, Varanasi district has 20 posts of principals and 83 posts of assistant lecturers vacant, whereas Ghazipur and Chandauli have a complete of round 25 and 7 vacant posts, respectively. In Ghazipur, seven posts of principals and 18 posts of assistant lecturers are vacant, whereas in Chandauli one submit of principal and 6 posts of assistant lecturers are mendacity vacant. Similarly, Gorakhpur division has 117 vacant posts together with round 52 in Gorakhpur district (9 of principals and 43 of assistant lecturers), 24 in Deoria (5 of principals and 19 of assistant lecturers), 20 in Kushinagar (5 of principals and 15 of assistant lecturers) and 21 posts in Maharajganj district (4 of principals and 17 of assistant lecturers). Chitrakoot division alternatively has 84 vacant posts (Banda-40, Hamirpur-15, Chitrakoot-24 and Mahoba-five) whereas Jhansi division has 37 (Lalitpur-five, Jhansi-19, Jalaon-13), Agra has 83 (Agra-14, Firozabad-eight, Mainpuri-13), Prayagraj has 64 (Fatehpur-41 and Kaushambi-23), Basti has 65, Azamgarh has 74, Meerut has 53, Mirzapur has 43, Saharanpur has 12, Lucknow has 77, Bareilly has 61, Moradabad has 30, Ayodhya has 66, Devipatan has 54 and Aligarh has 51 vacant posts.