Mysore Varsity: Temporary lecturers wait continues...

Mysore Varsity: Temporary lecturers wait continues...

Students denied more than six attempts to clear balance subjects

While some of the statutes received a murmur of agreement immediately, some others put before the council members evoked mixed reactions, at the 96th Academic Council Meeting held at the Crawford Hall in Mysore on Friday.

The statutes relating to the framing of Sensitisation to Prevention of and Redressal for Sexual Harassment (SPARSH) by the universities as per the guidelines provided by the University Grants Commission and placed before the syndicate received immediate approval.

But the statute to bring about amendment to  ‘University of Mysore temporary, full time, part time lecturers’ absorption, regularisation statutes, 2004’ received mixed opinions from the members.

As per the amendment recommended, the temporary lecturers, to whom this statute applied, will be absorbed against the existing vacancies, but their service for the purpose of seniority shall count only from the date of their absorption.

However, for the purpose of pensionary and promotional benefits the date shall be 7.5.2003, the date on which they were reinstated as lecturers.

The meeting on humanitarian grounds explained that among the 32 lectuers absorbed under the statute, seven have been working since 1989, 17 since 1992 and eight since 1998. While one of them has retired, another has deceased, with 30 lecturers remaining eligible for the benefit.

The proposed amendment will benefit these lecturers who have put in long years of service as temporary faculty and are in distress. They were reinstated as per the High Court order on 3.2.2003, and by the university on 7.5.2003 and subsequently absorbed through statute on 7.2.2007.

While many of the members batted for approval on humanitarian grounds, others demanded more details on the issue. However, the discussion was postponed to next meeting.

The meeting categorically ruled out the plea by the students who sought more attempts to clear their arrears. The members said the students have six chances to clear the papers and no further time would be given to complete their graduation.

The meeting also discussed on awarding endowment gold medal  in the name of Dr S N Hegde, also the former V-C to the topper in M Sc Genetics and M Sc Zoology; Endowment cash prize of Rs 50,000 in the name of Prof G Saraswathi.

Annual report and annual accounts for the year 2011-12 was presented on the occasion.
Discussions on consideration of the recommendation of the board of studies in subject under faculty of education, eligibility of those seeking admission for B Ed course, continuing English from first semester to fourth semester for BCA, revised syllabus for the same, beginning of Web designing and office automation, starting an add on courses in techniques in bilogical research and plant tissue culture technology and M Tech programme were also approved.

The draft statute to consider Library professional staff as non-vocational teaching staff was also placed before the Academic Council and was approved.

The meeting was chaired by Prof V G Talwar, vice-chancellor, University of Mysore, who discussed the various statutes that were passed on at the ordinary meeting held earlier and sought the approval of the members.

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