Cumilla, Sept 27 (UNB) - Acute shortage of teachers and administrative staff in Comilla Medical College has brought the medical institution to its knees, leaving its academic activities in disarray.
Since its establishment in 1992, the medical college did not see any increase in its manpower, sources at the college said.
They said it has become very difficult for the college administration to properly conduct academic activities in the 25-year-old institution.
At present, there are only 146 teaching staff for around 614 students of the college, while 58 posts have remained vacant for years, according to the sources.
Contacted, Principal of the college Dr Mohsin-uz-Zaman Chowdhury told UNB that there is no professor in its Anatomy, Physiology, Community Medicine, Micro Biology and Pharmacology departments at present.
“So, we’ve to run the academic activities with assistant professors, lecturers and gust teachers,” he added.
Some of the students of the medical college said the basic subjects are being taught in the first two years of the session and the college authorities have been arranging teachers from other private medical colleges as gust-lecturers to avoid any session jam. But this is how, they said, they are compromising the quality of education. “In fact, we’re facing difficulties in completing courses,” said a teacher wishing anonymity.
Asked about it, the Principal said, "We couldn’t increase the number of teaching staff though requisition letters were sent to the authorities concerned several times. Even, the post granted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) still remain vacant.”
Despite the crisis, Dr Mohsin said, they are trying to continue the academic activities of the college.