Salary hike delay: Lecturers protest

Criticising the delay by Higher Education department over effecting a hike in salaries of guest lecturers of degree colleges, the Athithi Upanyasakara Hitharakshana Sangha, staged a protest, here on Monday.

According to Pradeep Kumar K, president of the Sangha, the State government had promised to implement a hike from the current academic year. “However, the department recently released Rs 40 crore, as grants to pay salary for guest lecturers, for the months of June, July and August. As per the grants released, the guest lecturers have received salaries, as per the old scale,” he said.

Under the scale, guest lecturers with PhDs or those who have cleared UGC-NET, SLET/K-SET are paid Rs 10,000 per month, candidates with MPhil or post graduation are being paid Rs 8,000. The salary structure has not been revised for several years, he said.

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The government had assured that salaries would be increased to Rs 15,000 for guest lecturers with PhD, UGC-NET, SLET/K-SET qualification, and along the similar lines for others. Yet, the assurance has not been met, he said.

“We have demanded the State government to withhold the grants released as salaries, and release grants in tune with the hike assured,” he said.

He said that there were 11,477 guest lecturers in the State, out of which close to 45 per cent were women.

Speaking about the problems faced by them, Pradeep said that some women guest lecturers, who had gone on maternity leave had been relieved from their services. “We have demanded the State government to issue a notification, wherein women lecturers are given three month maternity leave, with full salary. Even though the department has assured to address the issue on case by case basis, a regulation regarding the same is necessary,” he said.

The Sangha will stage a protest in Bangalore on September 15, citing similar demands.

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