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BIT Sindri being run without any Director

# Calcutta Telegraph
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All administrative work at BIT-Sindri has virtually stopped for over a fortnight with director S.K. Singh retiring and the state government, in typical fashion, not appointing a replacement.

Singh, an eminent academic who joined the state’s lone engineering cradle in August 2006, retired last month at the age of 62. He had hoped for an extension, given that Jharkhand High Court had in June increased the age of superannuation of teachers to 65 as per a UGC directive.

But, the state government neither extended his tenure, nor named a replacement, prompting him to knock on the doors of the court.

The secretary of the state science and technology department, L. Khiangte, could not be reached for his comments.

Singh moved Jharkhand High Court last week, demanding extension of his service till 2017 as per the high court order extending the age of superannuation to 65.

“I had requested the state government to extend my services for another three years (when I turn 65) as per its own announcement even before my retirement. But, the state government failed to respond, compelling me to take legal recourse,” said Singh, whose last day at BIT-Sindri was on August 28.

Senior teachers confided that Singh’s exit had had a crippling blow on the organisation. Except for holding regular classes, all the other activities of the institute, namely, disbursing scholarships, issuing certificates to students, sanctioning of teachers’ leave, had come to a halt.

“An administrative head is badly required at an institute like BIT-Sindri with a student strength of over 3,000. Thank god no untoward incident has taken place ever since Singh retired,” said a senior teacher who is also associated with the cradle’s alumni association.

Another teacher cited problems being faced by several ex-students who were seeking transfer certificates from the institute. “Granting of earned and medical leave to teachers and non-teaching staff has also become a problem as the director’s signature on forms/letters is mandatory,” he added.

More importantly, admissions to MTech courses would also be affected as would be procuring equipment and chemicals for the various laboratories of the institute.

“The ongoing development work at BIT-Sindri, like construction of hostels may get delayed due to the absence of a director to help in sanctions and clearances,” added an official.

Posted on: September 17, 2014