Guest faculty in Tripura demands implementation of 2019 UGC recruitment norms

Agartala, Jan 19, 2021, ENEWSTIME Desk

The guest lecturers vented resentment for not following UGC guidelines while appointing guest faculty in colleges in Tripura. They also voiced their resentment over paying a paltry amount, much less than UGC recommended honorarium per class.

In view of such a situation, NET and SLET qualified guest lecturers submitted a memorandum to Tripura State Higher Education council chairman Arunodaya Saha in Agartala today. Speaking to the media, the lecturers demanded implementation of 2019 UGC revised recruitment guidelines. They also demanded payment of honorarium as per the revised UGC guidelines.

According to the guest lecturers, there are more than 1000 NET and SLET qualified candidates and demanded that the State Government should take necessary step for recruitment of these qualified lecturers.

“For a long time, there has been a severe shortage of Assistant Professors in colleges. As a result, guest lecturers have been appointed to fill up the shortage. However, concerned authorities are not following UGC Guidelines while appointing guest lecturers,” agitating lecturers alleged.

Demanding proper implementation of 2019 UGC recruitment guidelines, they said, the guidelines mandated that the process for appointing guest faculties would be like Assistant professors. In this connection, agitating lecturers also pointed out that as per UGC guidelines, every faculty should get Rs 1500 per class with an upper cap of Rs 50,000 per month.

The guest lecturers lamented that authorities, at present are paying them an honorarium of Rs 400 and faculties get an opportunity of taking maximum 10-12 classes.

“At present we are getting a paltry amount of around Rs 4000. It is unfortunate and condemnable. Quality of education in the State would be affected due to such an apathetic attitude,” agitating faculties pointed out.