Vadodara's Padra College to Relocate BCA Course to Science Faculty Amidst Staff Shortage

Faculty Authorities Request for Additional Space from University Administration Due to Inadequate Infrastructure and Staff Shortage

Vadodara's Padra College to Relocate BCA Course to Science Faculty Amidst Staff Shortage

The Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) course at Padra College in Vadodara, run by MS University, will be permanently relocated to the Science Faculty due to a shortage of computer teachers. A formal request for additional space has been forwarded to the university administration by faculty authorities.

The BCA course at MS University has always been popular, attracting a large number of students each year. To accommodate the high demand, Padra College initiated a BCA course with 120 seats two years ago. However, a persistent lack of computer teachers has compelled the faculty to conduct the course in the BCA building within the Science Faculty over the last year.

Despite inviting applications for 30 contract teaching positions last year, only six teachers could be appointed. Concurrently, delays in electricity connection resulted in the incomplete construction of the computer laboratory. Therefore, the course was moved to the second shift in the Faculty of Science's BCA building.

With the decision to permanently move the Padra College curriculum to the Science Faculty, additional facilities, including a computer lab, will have to be established for the 120 Padra College students, alongside the existing 200 students already pursuing the BCA course.

Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Kataria, stated that the university could offer a monthly salary of Rs 35,000 to temporary teachers. However, the rising popularity of computer and IT courses and the increased seating capacity at private colleges has led to a surge in salary offers to potential teachers, making recruitment more challenging. The transfer to the Science Faculty would ensure the availability of teachers, thus avoiding the need for current teachers to work in two shifts or rely heavily on visiting faculty.

Reportedly, around 100 new computers that were ordered for Padra College's BCA course have remained unpacked for a year. These computers will now be stored in the BCA building of the Faculty of Science.

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