Govt to hire guest lecturers from June 14

The government will start recruiting 10,300 guest lecturers to make up for a severe shortfall in trained teaching staff across 359 government degree colleges in the State. The recruitment will start on June 14.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Tuesday, Higher Education Minister, R V Deshpande, said that detailed guidelines for the recruitment would be posted on the higher education department website, and published in all major newspapers on June 14.
“The entire process will be streamlined and transparent,” he said. “We propose to complete the process by July 15.”

Guest lecturers, who have cleared National Eligibility Test (NET) or possess a doctoral degree, will be paid a honorarium of Rs 10,000 a month, while those with postgraduate
degrees will be entitled to get Rs 8,000 a month.

Fixed teaching hours

The State government has also done away with the title of “part-time lecturers,” in favour of “guest faculty.” Guest lecturers are obligated to teach for at least eight hours a week. “They need not be in the campus the entire day and can conduct classes during designated hours specified for them,” said sources in the department.

Deshpande said that the recruiting of guest lecturers was haphazard last year and the process was delayed till November. An honorarium balance of Rs 52 crore is yet to be paid to current guest lecturers. “The government has now released Rs 27.89 crore and the balance will be released soon,” he said.

The minister said steps would be taken to improve the enrolment ratio in institutes of higher learning in the State.

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