It seems that the authorities have very little interest in acting on the pleas of sports enthusiasts to give approval to new courses and upgrade the facilities at the Government Physical Education College, East Hill, here.
Calicut University has given its nod for new courses and the government has nearly finished the work of the building at a cost of Rs 1 crore on the campus, but official apathy appears to have robbed the students of a chance to pursue higher studies at the college. The college, which is the only government institute for physical education in the state, runs a higher secondary-level certificate course, CPEd (Certificate Course in Physical Education), and a three-year BPE (Bachelor of Physical Education) course.
“Over the past eight years, we have been requesting the government to sanction our application for the BPEd (Bachelor of Physical Education) and MPEd (Master of Physical Education)courses. The university has given us affiliation to both the courses. The building is also ready. However, there is no response from the government,” says a teacher at the college, on condition of anonymity. The students have already begun protest against the delay and have decided to run a marathon from the university to Thiruvananthapuram as a token of protest. “We are going to take out a marathon rally on October 14 from the university to Thiruvananthapuram against the government’s neglect of our college,” says Jamaludeen, a student at the college.
This institute is the only government college that doesn’t teach PG courses in the state. Incidentally, the government granted new courses to almost all government colleges in 2012-13 and sanctioned new courses to unaided and self-financing colleges in 2013-14. The students allege that there is no move on the part of the government to grant a course for the college. The college lacks facilities such as a ground with a 400-m track and adequate number of teaching staff, they say. “Of the 13 vacancies available, only five have been filled. The staffstudent ratio is one to 160. It is downright official negligence towards the college. If the government does not take any decision on this, we will lose our affiliation,” says another staffer at the college.