Student enrolment increased by about 30,000 in current session: FECTAM

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IMPHAL, Aug 9: Reacting to the news report of a local TV channel which had projected the enrolment of students in colleges of the state as 13,751, the Federation of College Teachers’ Associations Manipur (FECTAM) has stated that the enrolment of students in the current session 2011-12 is about 30,000 more than the strength in 2006-07.

A release of FECTAM stated that the projected enrolment as shown in the news report was based on the statistics of 2006-07. The news report was quite misleading amidst steps being taken up for the upliftment of higher education sector of the state.

As per the annual administrative report (2009-10) of directorate of university and higher education, the enrolment strength of students as on February 31, 2009 is 22,378, number of teachers required as per MU staffing pattern is 1918, number of sanctioned posts of teacher is 1264, man-in-position (regular) is 1047, number of part-time lecturers is 437 and vacancies (regular) is 217, it mentioned.

The number of teachers in a degree college, according to MU Ordinance 1997, is four for arts subject without honours and five for arts subject with honours while five teachers for science subject without honours and six teachers for science subject with honours. The student-teacher ratio in college is quite different from that of a school. The pattern of MU Ordinance must be followed even if a college has only ten students, the release stated.

The FECTAM further appealed to all to render utmost help and support to uplift the higher education sector of the state which has been neglected by the government for quite a long time.

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