Guest lecturers seek Rs 25,000 salary a month

With the guest lecturers in degree colleges facing wage discrimination, MLC Ganesh Karnik strongly batted for an increase in the salary given to the guest lecturers according to UGC norms. A minimum salary of Rs 25,000 should be paid to every guest lecturer for the amount of work they do, he said.

He was speaking at a convention of the guest lecturers organised by Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu District Guest Lecturers’ Association at NGO hall in the city on Sunday. “Whenever I raised the issue in the Legislative Council sessions in the past, demanding for a salary revision to guest lecturers based on UGC norms which is implemented in some of the states like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, Tripura and Goa, the government had refused stating that those states have not implemented the norms. Now, I have been given the order copy of the respective states increasing the pay scale of UGC lecturers to Rs 25,000, which can be placed in the next Council session, to support  the lecturers demand,” he said.

Though guest lecturers are bound to take a few classes specified to them, he said, no government college can function in the absence of guest lecturers. In many colleges, permanent staff take leisure by handing over the responsibility to guest lecturers. The higher education department has asked the finance department to sanction an additional 2,600 posts. A demand will be placed before the government to give priority to guest lecturers based on seniority while recruiting for permanent posts, he assured.

Association State General Secretary Mallikarjuna B Manpade placed a list of immediate demands before the government including offering minimum pay scale of Rs 25,000 a month (present salary is Rs 8,500) to guest lecturers, give priority to guest lecturers during recruitment process, provide job security on the lines of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and other sates, provide 12 months salary (now they are given only nine months a year) and continue the term of lecturers who are selected based on merit through online process, for next academic year, without making them undergo the recruitment process again.

The Association has decided to stage indefinite stir from January 27, if their demands are not met before the said date. MLA J R Lobo inaugurated the convention.

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