Centre plans ` 25,000 pay for guest lecturers

He was speaking at a meeting of the guest lecturers organised by the Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore(ACICM) at Institution of Engineers of India.

Vishwanath, who is also the member of the executive committee of the Human Resource Development Ministry, said if all goes well, the proposal will be implemented soon through an amendment to the existing Act. The State Governments have to ratify the decision to extend the benefits to the guest lecturers working in the colleges in their respective States, he added.

The MP criticised the state governments for jeopardising the Mahithi Sindhu programme started by him as Primary and Secondary Education Minister in the S M Krishna Government. There are about 41,000 Mahithi Sindhu teachers in the State who are left in lurch after the subsequent Government’s made their services temporary under tender rule.

He recalled that there was lot of opposition when the mid-day meal scheme was introduced in the State. Today, more than 60 lakh students are taking benefits of the same. “We also brought social justice in appointments of cooks and kitchen workers for this programme”, he added.

Honoured

M Lakshmana, convener of ACICM urged the Government to give priority to guest lecturers in the appointments to the posts of lecturers and readers in the colleges and universities. About 90 per cent of the posts should go to the guest lecturers who are serving for a long time,” he said.

On the occasion, the members of the Guest Lecturers’ Association from Mysore, Hassan, Mandya and Chamarajanagar felicitated MP Vishwanath and M Lakshamana for their efforts in making the HRD Ministry and UGC realise for the exemption of NET for PhD and Mphil holders.

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