Allahabad University suspends courses in photography

By Ojas Singh

Allahabad: The two programmes including one-year certificate course in photography and a two-year diploma in photography is now closed by the Allahabad University.

In a notification, sighting the shortage of teaching staff the university has decided to temporarily suspend the programmes conducted at the centre of Photography. The university claims that they have for the time being closed the above courses which have close to 300 students pursuing in one of the courses.

The two-year diploma programme in photography was started in the year 1936 and since then has seen several students enroll for the programme. Head of the Department of Physics, Prof. A K Rai said, “We have decided to close the admission to the courses because of the fact that there is no regular teaching faculty for the students.” He also added that the day the regular faculty will be added, the courses will resume.

Although the reason for closing down the courses as mentioned by the HOD does not hold ground owing to the fact that presently there are about 500 vacant teaching posts and the classes in almost every department are taken by guest faculty. In the centre of photography itself, there were two guest faculties teaching until recently.

A source revealed that this was one of the courses wherein students paid extra fees to the university and moreover were high in demand fetching employment to students as soon as they pass out, yet the courses are closed down. While no fresh admissions will be done for the courses the students who have enrolled are now attached to the department of Mass Communication and Journalism till the time they finish their course.