BU guest lecturers not paid for three months now

BU guest lecturers not paid for three months now

Many guest lecturers of Bangalore University have not received their salaries for the past three months now. Though they have approached the university officials, nothing has moved till now, the guest lecturers complained.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, one of the guest lecturers working on the Jnanabharathi campus said, they were not given salaries since December 2014. Delay in commencement of the semester has been cited as the reason for the delay. The semester was earlier planned to begin on December 24.

However, it eventually started on January 16. “The guest lecturers had already started working in December. When we approached the officials they asked us to produce proof for having worked in December. We submitted a letter from the head of the Department attesting the same, but we are yet to be get our salaries,” he said.
As per the rules, the guest lecturers are paid only during the semester and they are not paid salary during the semester holidays.

Bangalore University, in several of its departments, has more guest lecturers than permanent faculty. Hence, most of the responsibility lies on them. According to the regulations, guest lecturers are supposed to work for 64 hours a month. However, at BU the work hours stretch up to 120 hours as there are hardly any permanent faculty, the lecturers complained.

Bangalore University Registrar Prof K K Seethamma said the problem was not brought to her notice. “This keeps happening with the guest lecturers because their Heads of the Department do not submit the required bills on time,” she said. However, she was quick to add that she would look into the problem and resolve it.

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