Patiala: Depicting the state of affairs in the colleges of the state, the administration is recruiting teachers on an ad-hoc and part-time basis in order to curtain the fact that several posts of principals and faculty members are vacant in the state.

Records suggest that 65 percent posts of college principals and 74 percent posts of faculty members are vacant in the state.

The direct and promotional recruitment process has been adopted to fill 52 vacant posts of Principals in the state.

Amongst these 13 positions are filled through direct recruitment and the remaining through promotion.

The 11 out of 13 posts recruited through direct process are lying vacant for the past six years, while only 19 posts (out of 39) could be filled through promotional recruitment process.

The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) has not conducted any meeting for nearly three years to discuss the issue.

In total, 1873 posts are vacant for assistant professors and lecturers in the state, out of which only 800 regular lectures have been appointed so far while 1073 posts are still vacant.

It is to be noted that instead of filling the posts with regular lecturers, the vacant posts are being filled with lecturers/teachers on part time or contractual basis on a salary of Rs 21,600 per month (salary is decided by the Supreme Court).

The teachers/lecturers recruited on contractual basis get Rs 7000 per month from Parents Teachers Association.