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March 18, 2009

Jorhat Engineering College in dire straits

JORHAT, March 17 – One of the premier engineering institutes in Assam, Jorhat Engineering College, will celebrate its golden jubilee in 2010. The college has been playing an important role in the domain of education of science and technology in the State. But the institute is facing a number of problems which dampen the enthusiasm of the organisers.

Established in 1960, this institution has a large plot of land of 626 bigha of which now more than 300 bigha were encroached by some local people and some college employees, taking the full advantage of having no boundary wall. The encroachers set up temporary huts and used to cultivate in the area. The college authority informed the district administration from time to time. But the district administration refrained from undertaking any effective action till date, said BN Choudhuri at a press meet held at the college on Saturday last.

He showed a signboard of an NGO named Abhigyan which was put up on the college campus without the permission of the authority concerned. It was confiscated by the college authority later.

The age old institution is now facing shortage of employees having a number of vacancies of posts of professor, assistant professor and lecturers in the departments of civil, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and computer science. Recently a number of third and fourth grade posts were filled up with the candidates selected by the legal selection committee, principal in-charge BN Chaudhuri stated. He alleged that the process was misrepresented by some media in the recent time.

He added that if the number of students increases in the ensuing session the existing teaching staff will not be adequate to provide proper guidance.

Moreover, the huge college building upholding the glory of the institution is now in a dilapidated condition. The roof of the building is unable to protect it from rain. The water come into the classrooms through it and makes them unusable. Several computers in the institution were damaged as the rainwater got into them through the leakage of the roof. The college administration covered the whole roof with a tarpaulin roof to get rid of the problem temporarily during the rainy days.

Choudhuri stated that they are receiving a fund from the government to repair the roof of the institution. Amidst such adversities some positive activities are also going on in the institution. Recently Noomaligarh Refinery Limited offered a donation of the building for training-cum-placement centre of the institution. A purchasing committee was formed to monitor the purchase of the goods needed for the building.

At the press meet principal-in charge, BN Choudhuri informed that the students had been getting good jobs in the premier companies of the country. Last year, 164 students out of 190 got jobs in various companies through campus interview. In this session too, 50 students have received invitation for various companies till date. He stated that the students passed out from the institute had got jobs with a salary up to Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 per month.

One of the two Government Engineering colleges crossing almost half a century is now crying for the proper attention of the concerned authorities. The principal in charge along with all the employees are waiting for improvement of the prevailing condition so that it will be able to celebrate its golden jubilee with pomp and grandeur. ASSAM TRIBUNE

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