Pune: Amidst the battle between management and professors of Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES), parents have now jumped into the row.
The angry parents have filed a cheating complaint against the STES management on Wednesday, citing that there have been no lectures or practicals conducted in the Institute for over three months, severely affecting the academics of the students.
“It has been over three months and no lectures or practicals have been conducted so far. Our children’s academics are at stake. Interestingly, the management charged us fees promising that they will impart quality education to our children, but it has failed to keep its promise. Many of the students are in their final semester who need to score well, as it is prerequisite for some placement criteria while students in the first year are deprived of proper teaching as they need to learn the basics of their course,” said Ramesh Dharmavad, a parent.
Around 300 to 400 parents from 22 Sinhgad institutes have come together to raise the issue of negligence in imparting quality education. The parents have decided to file a public interest litigation (PIL) and send a letter to the consumer forum as well.
Dharmavad said, “We have tried to speak to the management and teachers requesting them to resolve the matter and begin the lectures and practicals. We have also asked them to bring at least retired professors to teach the students on humanitarian grounds so that they don’t suffer an academic loss. But all our trials seems to be in vain.”
The professors of STES have been on a protest for the past few months on the issue of pending salaries of 15 months.
The professors and students recently began a hunger strike at the varsity. Although, the management in repetitive statements have mentioned that “providing excellence in education has always been our motto since the last 25 years. We want to reassure you that we have had discussions with the involved parties and are confident of resolving the matter at the earliest.”