State lecturers may soon get UGC revised pay scale

Limbavali says proposal to be approved by Cabinet shortly


Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali addressing lecturers at the counselling session organised at Government Science College in Bangalore on Monday. Dh Photo

Addressing lecturers who were present at the counselling sessio on Monday, Higher Education Minister, Aravind Limbavali, announced: “UGC revised pay scale for lecturers will be put in place soon and the proposal is most likely to be approved in the cabinet shortly. Lecturers with NET, SLET and doctorates will be eligible for the revised pay scale”.

As many as 5,500 lecturers will be benefitted from the UGC revised pay scale which was notified by the Ministry of Human Resources Development in December 2008.

Counselling for transfers

The first day of counselling for transfers held by the Department of Collegiate Education saw more than 900 qualified government college lecturers from across the State select locations based on the availability and qualification. It may be recalled that the State government had early in the year notified that transfers of lecturers would be done through counselling and based on availability.

Speaking to the lecturers, Limbavali said: “The State is taking every measure to ensure lecturers receive deserving benefits. The quality of education imparted to students can be improved only by teachers.”

Indicating the increase in enrollment ratio, he said: “According to reports, there has been a 20 per cent increase in student intake at Bangalore University for the academic year 2009-10. Information about increased student intake in other universities is yet to be received.”

Government degree college lecturers were happy as the much-awaited transfers was being conducted in a fair and systematic way by the Department of Collegiate Education. RL Thembad, a lecturer from Karwar, was a happy person after the counselling session, as he is now been placed at a government college in Hirekerur. Thembad said: “The counselling session is a good move as it does not involve middlemen or other external influences. The system is transparent and based on the qualification, experience and the availability of the vacancies, transfers are being made.”

Dr DeveGowda, a government college lecturer from KR Pet, said: “Earlier seeking transfers for lecturers was a torturous process. This newly introduced system of counselling is efficient, transparent and beneficial to lecturers. The needs of lecturers are fulfilled by the counselling process”.

Coaching for CET 2010

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) will conduct coaching for rural students appearing Common Entrance Test (CET) 2010.

Limbavali said that the modalities for implementation of coaching for rural students will be discussed by with the KEA officials on September 8. “Contact study centres to impart CET coaching in remote areas will be identified. Details will soon be finalised to enable rural students to appear for the CET 2010” the higher education Minister said.

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