Govt mulls decent hike in evaluation fee for lecturers

Plans to increase retirement age for non-UGC staff

Minister for Higher Education Aravind Limbavali said that presently the Government is paying a paltry sum. However, as per the University Grants Commission norms, the Government need not pay any remuneration for the evaluation.  He was speaking to reporters here on Thursday after a meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council Puttanna and MLC Marithibbe Gowda on various issues related to the  department.

The Government has decided to go ahead with the appointment of 2,550 lecturers, which was withheld following objections by the colleges regarding recruitment of those who have done M Phil. As there is a severe shortage of lecturers in the State, the Government has decided to appoint them on condition of ‘subject to verification,’
Of 2,550 selected for lecturers’ post, 1,700 candidates have done M Phil and 809 have done Ph D and NET, he added.

He also said nearly 558 degree college lecturers who are presently working in various PU colleges, will be taken back to the degree colleges.

Besides, the Government is planning to increase the retirement age of degree college (non-UGC) lecturers from 60 years to 62. The retirement age for those who come under the UGC is 65 years.

General admission system

The Government is planning to introduce a system wherein admissions to private degree colleges will be conducted through counselling. The counselling will be conducted on the lines of the CET, but marks obtained in PUC will be the basis for admission, he added.
The plan is to reserve 50 per cent of seats in all private degree colleges as the Government quota, and distribute them to students. The Government will fix fee for the quota seats. A committee comprising top officials of the department will be constituted shortly to hold talks with private colleges in this regard, he said.

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