Guest lecturers in Karnataka demand pay hike

The guest lecturers in Karnataka are miffed by the strange claim made by the state government that shows the salary of guest lecturers to be Rs 10, 000 per month as oppose to the real sum of Rs. 5, 000. A state government advertisement has claimed that 4,972 guest lecturers in government colleges across Karnataka are getting Rs 10,000 per month. But the federation of guest lecturers in government degree colleges disagree. The federation now plans to ask the government to hike the pay of the guest lecturers as advertised by the state education department.

“We are getting Rs 5,000 per month and that too, only for nine months. This amount is paid to us in lump sum at the end of the year,” says Vanith Kumar, state secretary of the federation.

The federation has now decided to raise the issue with the CM and the higher education minister by submitting memorandums through the respective DCs.

Vanith has said that the plight of thousands of guest lecturers is bad and on top of it all such misleading advertisements released by the higher education department in the name of achievements of the state government is absolutely unacceptable.

 “Even V S Acharya, minister for higher education who assured that our problems would be addressed when the guest lecturers staged an indefinite dharna, has not reverted with a concrete plan of action,” he said.

Other demands that the federation is focussing on include reminding the state government to honour its word of regularising the services of guest lecturers who have been serving since 2005. The state government, as per UGC norms, should increase the wages of guest lecturers to Rs 20,000 per month and pay it each month too. The higher education department must pay the guest lecturers Rs 10,000 from April 2010 as claimed by them in the advertisement, the federation demanded.

[Source: Times of India]

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