Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College here, set up as a role model for technical education in the state, is being run on an ad hoc basis by a part-time Principal even after five years of its inception in 2006.

The college has been headless for the past five years as the government is yet to appoint a regular Principal. At present, the Principal of Polytechnic College, Sundernagar, is holding its additional charge. Though the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has fixed MTech as the basic educational qualification for lecturers in engineering colleges, the government has been running the college as a “stop-gap arrangement” recruiting lecturers who are just BTech in the civil, textile, mechanical and electronics streams, according to sources.

The college claims to have filled 24 faculty positions. However, most of these are on an ad hoc basis. Though the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) has advertised some posts, many vacant posts in the college have not been advertised, according to the sources.

[Extract from the tribuneindia]