From Rs 28000 per month to Rs 500 per lecture:Row erupts after govt downgrades contractual lecturers to guest faculty
Srinagar, Nov 28:
A major controversy has erupted after Jammu and Kashmir government
re-designated contractual lecturers as guest faculty in a bid to do away with
the monthly remuneration.
Under the new
policy, the guest faculty will be paid as per the lectures delivered in
different colleges of the Union Territory.
Department has issued an order stating that lecturers appointed on one year
contract, will now be re-designated as need based lecturers and paid Rs 500 per
lecture. The order restrains them from performing duties, which include extra-curriculum
activities, sports, conducting examination, internal assessments and
The order has
sent shock waves through the highly educated people across the union territory
of Jammu and Kashmir.
faculty from the academic arrangement list will get a call for delivering
lectures in the respective colleges where there is dearth of permanent faculty.
The number of lectures has been restricted to three per day. For every lecture
we will be paid Rs 500. Further Rs 100 will also be given as travel allowances
to a lecturer if he or she has to travel from another district,” said one of
the lecturers at Anantnag Degree College.
period of guest faculty would be for one year. Every year, candidates shall
have to undergo the same procedure for landing a new contract.
sources said, authorities appoint around 2500 contractual lecturers as per the
requirement in the colleges. Contractual
lecturers, who have qualified National Eligibility Test (NET), were paid Rs 28000
per month while others were paid Rs 22000. Their salaries were enhanced in 2018
from Rs 18000 for NET qualifiers and Rs 12000 for others.
University Grants Commission (UGC) had directed higher educational institutes
across the country to pay Rs 1,500 per lecture to guest faculty members. As per
a notification issued last year, the UGC asked institutes to double the upper
ceiling of monthly payment to Rs 50,000.
Speaking to The
Kashmir Monitor, Secretary Higher Education, Talat Pervaiz Rohella, said: “We
appoint the lecturers as need basis as per the academic arrangement
requirement. We need to see the teaching load as per the UGC guidelines.”