Students of three departments of Jagannath University (JnU) namely Fine Arts, Film & Television, and Theatre Departments have been facing serious session jam lingering by 20 to 22 months.
Students of the departments are in deep frustration for the lengthy sessions, although the university authorities many times promised they are taking steps to reduce the menace but no effective progress. Besides, students trapped by the jam will lag behind the job market by no less than one to two years.
Many students have been expressing disappointment as they can not apply for existing good jobs. The students blamed the teachers' negligence in academic activities, internal conflicts among teachers and shortage of classroom.
Film & Television department is facing the worst session jam, according to the university source the department lunched it academic activities from 2015-16 session. Students of 2015-16 and 2016-17 sessions are pursuing their class delayed by nearly one year. The students of 2017-18 session continuing their 4th semester lingering about 6 months.
Besides, the students of 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2018-19 sessions started their next semester classes before facing previous semester viva examinations. Students of the department alleged the department chairman is irregular in academic activities, most of the time teachers of the department don't take classes over tripling matter.
While contacted Film and Television department chairman Prof Junaid Ahmed Halim said "We have been facing classroom crisis since the establishment of the department that is why the department facing session jam, besides other teachers don't understand departmental everything thoroughly so I always have to see everything and we are trying to curb session jam".
While asked about his irregular in the department activities, the chairman denied the allegations and said he was sick some days and had to take rest in home.
"External teachers had not much time for taking viva examinations. The were not available, if they have time we would arrange viva examinations" the chairman replied about the starting next semester before previous semester viva examinations. The university Theatre department also is facing gruesome session jam. This newly established department has teachers and staffs crisis, besides new teachers not being much skilled.