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From Rs 28000 per month to Rs 500 per lecture:Row erupts after govt downgrades contractual lecturers to guest faculty

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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.

Higher Education 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 evaluation. 

 

The order has sent shock waves through the highly educated people across the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. 

“The guest 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.

The contract period of guest faculty would be for one year. Every year, candidates shall have to undergo the same procedure for landing a new contract.

Every year, 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.

Earlier, 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.”


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Abrogation of Article 370 will have positive impact: Naqvi

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said the abrogation of Article 370 will have a positive impact on the people.

Addressing a gathering at Harwan on the outskirts of Srinagar, Naqvi, the Minority Affairs Minister, said: “The new system will usher in development and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.”

He promised an increase in the Haj quota and scholarships for Kashmiri students.

 

The minister said the Central government is closely looking into the problem of unemployment and lack of industrial growth.

While quoting a verse of poet Iqbal, he said the ministerial visit to Jammu and Kashmir is just the beginning and many such initiatives will be undertaken in the future.

A memorandum was presented to the minister by residents of Fakir Gujri area which said the apprehensions of the common people of Jammu and Kashmir regarding land and jobs must be allayed by issuing a domicile certificate.

Naqvi also laid the foundation stone for a water conservation project at Harwan.

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‘Previous rulers used funds for personal benefits’

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Jan 21:Charging previous governments of “unabated” corruption, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said Centre has earmarked Rs 16 crore for Himayat scheme to help educated unemployed youth to find jobs.

Naqvi was addressing a gathering in Srinagar outskirts as a part of Centre’s reach out programme to make people aware about the “positive impact” of the revocation of special status.

“Corruption is a disease which for many years affected Kashmir. Crores of rupees were disbursed for Jammu and Kashmir but the money was not reaching the people. Few people used these funds for their personal benefits. But now the funds are going to directly to you (people),” he said.

 

Naqvi said people were ditched by their representatives earlier. “We now want to reach out to the people, listen to their woes and solve their problems. We came here with a positive approach and mindset,” he said.

Naqvi informed that the Centre has earmarked Rs 16 crore under Himayat scheme for Jammu and Kashmir.    “We have already identified at least 1200 educated youth under this programme. People used to travel faraway places for treatment and now AIIMS is coming up in Samba in Jammu and Lassipora in Kashmir. Five medical colleges are also coming up that will open 500 seats for people of the state,” he said.

Union Minority Affairs minister said their focus is on the development and providing employment opportunities to the youth. “We framed schemes like Hunar Haq for youth. These schemes will give them employment along with development of the region. Those who apply for scholarships will get benefitted through central government’s initiatives,” he said.

Naqvi said main motive of their visit to Kashmir was “to bring positive and effective change in the lives of people”.  “It has happened for the first time that entire council of ministers had reached out to Kashmiri people to hear their views. The initiatives will not stop here as we will continue visiting the valley. We will stay in touch with the officers also to know about people’s grievances,” he said

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Several delegations call on union minister;`Protect jobs, safeguard land rights’

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Srinagar, Jan 21:  For the first time since abrogation of Article 370, people directly petitioned union ministers demanding protection of jobs, safeguarding land rights and ending bloodshed.

Around dozen delegations called on Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi during Centre’s reach out programme at Fakir Gujri on Tuesday.

The delegations, which met the union minister, include Jammu and Kashmir Gujjar, Bakarwal Youth Conference, Gujjar Tribal Council, National Youth Corps, Block Contractors, Panch, Sarpanchs, Block Development Council members and local representatives of the area.

 

Naqvi was flanked by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary and workers of BJP during public outreach programme.

“We appealed him (Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi) that people of Jammu and Kashmir should have rights on jobs and land.  We also highlighted the problems faced by Gujjar and Bakarwal community. He gave a patient hearing and assured that Centre will take concrete steps for the betterment of people,” said Farooq Chaudhary, vice president, Jammu and Kashmir Gujjar, Bakarwal Youth Conference (JKGBYC).

Farooq noted that they also urged the minister to implement Forest Conservation Act in Jammu and Kashmir.

Panchs, Sarpanch and BDCs raised their concern with regard to the functioning of grassroots democracy in the Union Territory. “We discussed empowerment of grassroots democracy and enhancement in our wages.  We put forth our viewpoint before the union minister,” a member Panchayat and BDC delegation, said.

Gujjar- Bakwaral Conference provincal president Chaudhary Mustafa Rahi said his delegation told the union minister to take steps for the betterment of Gujjar community.  “We will now see how Centre will go about,” he said.

Mohammad Gulzar, one of the locals who had come to meet union minister, said both countries need to end bloodshed in Kashmir.

“Schemes and huge fund distribution won’t do anything till there is an end to bloodshed is. It is not just development but wounds of people that require to be healed first,” he said.

Union minister, G Kishan Reddy is likely to visit mini-secretariat Ganderbal where he will spoke to multiple delegation.  On January 23, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and G Kishan Reddy will visit Baramulla and Manigam respectively. The first phase of reach-out will end on January 24 when union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will visit Srinagar city center to address delegations.

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