Nitin Gadkari raps V-C for failure to rejuvenate LIT

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Jul 2017 10:31:01


Special Correspondent,

One of the prestigious institute of the country, a world class Government institute of higher education in the field of chemical engineering and technology-- Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT)--- is struggling to regain its lost glory, as total 39 teaching posts are vacant creating obstacles in getting accreditation from the NAAC. Even, most non-teaching posts are also vacant, due to functioning of LIT has come to a grinding halt.

Union Minister for Road, Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are trying to make it a state-of-art world class technology institute. Gadkari also supported the demand to make it as an autonomous centre of excellence in education and research field. However, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) is simply sitting pretty over the proposal to fill the vacant post due to which the crippled system of the LIT is deteriorating further.

On Sunday, Gadkari blasted Vice Chancellor Dr. S P Kane for his utter failure in filling the vacant posts of the institute. He said, the negligence is hampering the prospects of the institute to emerge as world class institution and regain its lost glory. Even the Chancellor’s nominee to fill-up the posts was not appointed for the last four months.

Routine excuses cited by RTMNU authorities failed to cut ice with Gadkari who gave a severe tongue lashing to Vice-Chancellor without mincing words. Issuing an ultimatum to Dr Kane to take immediate steps to improve the situation, Gadkari sought to know as to when Government was serious to improve the infrastructure of LIT, why the RTMNU was reluctant and so painfully slow to take logical steps.

A delegation LIT Alumni Association met Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister on Sunday to brief him about the present abysmal situation of the LIT. Alumni Association Chairman Kamal N Seetha urged him to fill the 100 per cent vacant posts without any restrictions on filling up sanctioned vacancies as a special case. The Government should provide Rs 100 crore financial assistance for improving infrastructure and resources modernization, they urged.

The 8 posts of professor, 6 posts of associate professor, 13 posts of assistant professor, 1 post of training and placement officer, and 11 posts of additional for PG is vacant for long. The 50 per cent posts of non-teaching staff are also vacant against 108 sanctioned posts. The Government of Maharashtra has permitted to recruit upto 50 percent of the vacant positions and after much delay citing incomplete procedure, the University has advertised only for 13 positions.

Head of the Institute also made several requests to University for urgent requirement of 10 exclusive faculty for 5 M Tech programme. The situation of non-teaching staff is pathetic as institute does not have a Librarian, no qualified library staff, no lab assistant, no steno, no office superintendent and 80 per cent vacancies in technical and non-technical teaching staff. The administrative officer is a must as per AICTE norms but the post is also vacant since long. RTMNU published advertisement in February 2017 to fill 63 vacant posts including 13 posts of LIT. However, the process of fill the vacancy in LIT is not completed even after 5-months.

The accreditation is important requirement of every educational institute with even most of the colleges obtained good ratings from NAAC or NBA. However, the LIT does not obtain rating from the committee.