BHOPAL : Department of Higher Education (DHE) has identified over 300 professors in government colleges, mostly posted at divisional headquarters, for transfers under its teacher-course rationalisation programme, ignoring students’ protest.The proposal for shifting professors, including many who were posted in a government college for as many as 28 years, have been sent to the minister Umashankar Gupta.

Officials said, as soon as the proposal gets minister’s nod, orders will be issued for transfers. This will be major shake up in higher education department before annual routine transfers. Professors across the state will be sent to colleges of remote areas or at a college where no teacher is available.

Students in state capital had staged protest against the rationalisation saying the step would force them to leave study in middle as they will have to go other college within the city for completing remaining education. Mostly in post graduation courses, number of students to be shifted is higher.

Officials said this step will ensure availability of teachers in colleges in remote areas. Professors holding a post for long time in a college don’t want to go to colleges in backward regions or remote places.

The rationalisation process would open up a Pandora’s Box. The minister Gupta however, is ready to face it. He said the step was taken only after chief minister’s approval. Professors to be affected in the process, are from colleges of Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Rewa.

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