New Delhi: The government should be informed by state-run and aided colleges before appointing any guest lecturer, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has said. He told media that the Higher Education department should be informed by authorities in state-run and state-aided colleges before appointing any guest lecturer and proceeding on their own.
“We will shortly issue an order asking state-run and state-aided colleges not to issue advertisements recruiting guest lecturers without the knowledge of the department. Often they (colleges) do so and the department is kept in the dark about the recruitment,” the minister has been quoted as saying to a national daily.
He informed that assessment was done regarding the ratio of guest lecturer with full-time teacher, along with the total number of guest and full-time teachers across all colleges.
“After judging the figures we will be able to determine wherever there is real need of more recruitment (of a new guest lecturer) and if so then inform the Chief Minister’s Office and Finance department accordingly,” he told a news daily.
Steps undertaken for regularisation of guest lecturers
Chatterjee shared that the steps for regularisation of those guest lecturers who are eligible as per UGC norms have already been undertaken by the government.
“We are working towards regularisation of services of those guest lecturers who meet the UGC criteria. We will give weightage towards regularising their services through College Service Commission”, he told the media.
However, those guest teachers, who do not meet the UGC criteria, will also be given a hearing at a meeting at Nazrul Manch, a state-run auditorium, by July 2019.
Guest lecturers not meeting UGC criteria also to be considered
“We will consider what can be done with their cases (guest lecturers not meeting UGC criteria) after the meeting with the representatives (of such guest lecturers not meeting UGC criteria) as the CM is sympathetic to their situation.
We are being told by the representatives of guest lecturers that they are made to do many important works in colleges and not just take classes. If their claims are true we need to do something for the deserving ones,” the minister has been quoted.