22-hour teaching proposal on hold

22-hour teaching proposal on hold

The State government on Friday decided to keep in abeyance a directive that requires lecturers in government first grade colleges to teach for 22 teaching hours a week. This comes after widespread protests against the same. 

Recently, the Department of Collegiate Education (DCE) issued a circular that teaching hours for lecturers would be increased from 16 hours to 22 hours. 

It had proposed to convert the six hours meant for research work for lecturers into teaching hours, citing that in government colleges there was no system of research. 

Objecting to this, lecturers made a representation to the Minister for Higher Education R V Deshpande and to the secretary, Collegiate Education (DCE), seeking revoking of these directions. They contended that it was impractical to include 22 hours of teaching without giving them any space for research or for preparation for classes. 

Representation

Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande told Deccan Herald, “Some lecturers had made a representation and I had referred it to the commissioner who called for a discussion and lecturers assured they were making use of the six hours for research.

Since it is the middle of the academic year and exams are approaching, in the interest of students and lecturers, it has been decided to keep the direction in abeyance for now.” 

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