Bengaluru: 'Give us job security', guest lecturers tell govt as protest continues

Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Jan 16: The state government's move to hike the salaries of guest lecturers has failed to pacify protestors who are demanding job security. Even after the government's announcemnet, the guest lecturers’ association of Karnataka has made it very clear that their fight was for the security of their job and not salary hike. They have continued their protest asking the government to provide them service security on the lines of the West Bengal model.

The state government recently doubled the salaries of guest lecturers working in government degree colleges throughout the state.

Reacting to the move, the guest lecturers said, "When we boycotted the classes and began our protest, we urged the government to provide us job security till we reach the age of 60. However, there is no mention of any kind of move to this effect in the government's order. In addition, guest lecturers who were recruited recently have been retained in the respective colleges depending upon the number of students.

"According to new rules, every year we need to apply and renew our employment. The new rule has caused more insecurity in our job," they said.

Shivappa, president of the association said, "Our work has increased from seven to eight hours to 15 hours. This means that out of the 14,800 guest lecturers, around 7,000 are going to lose their jobs straightaway."

Meanwhile, higher education minister, Dr C N Ashwath Narayan requested the protesting lecturers to get back to work as their salary has been doubled. Giving details of the package announced by the government, the minister said, "The process of recruiting guest lecturers for the new academic year will begin on January 17. Eligible candidates will be recruited for a period of one academic year. Salary will be paid before the 10th of every month."

Those who are interested to work as guest lecturers in government colleges need to register themselves from January 17. The link for registration will be given on college education department's website. Guest lecturers can choose five colleges of their choice, out of which one will be allotted to them by the department. They have to mandatorily work in that college.

There is a difference of opinion among guest lecturers with regard to work as per the new rules of the government. While some are interested to work with double salary, others are demanding job security. However, as per new rules, only 8,000 people may get jobs. If interested people among the 14,800 guest lecturers register themselves, there is a chance that the protest might break.

Bantwal/Udupi: Government's decision not right, say guest lecturers

Guest lecturers in coastal districts have expressed disappointment at the decision of the government to increase the working hours from 8 to 15 hours in addition to increase in salary. They are saying that more than half of them will lose jobs because of increase in working hours.

At the beginning of the current academic year, 14,800 guest lecturers were appointed on temporary basis. They worked for two months and are protesting since a month.

Guest lecturers in the twin districts said, "The state government has given time limit of three years to get UGC eligibility. If it is not possible, we have to go home in spite of the number of years of service we have put in. So we are not happy with the decision of the government."

Dheeraj Kumar, president of Dakshina Kannada first grade government college guest lecturers’ welfare committee said, "Earlier guest lecturers used to work in government colleges for two or three days a week and work at other private colleges or some other company rest of the week. Now it is not possible as the work load has increased."

Dr Shahida Jahan, president of Udupi district guest lecturers’ welfare forum said, "The state BJP government is saying that they have given us sweets on the occasion of Makara Sankranti by doubling our salaries. In reality, the government has given us bitter news as more than 7,500 guest lecturers are likely to lose jobs. This is a plot to continue keeping us as guest lecturers only. Our protest will continue till we get job security along with salary hike."






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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Guest Lecturers ideally should be those who have another job and will double up as lectures to share their experience from the job in addition to teaching. Except this, all other lecturer jobs must be regular jobs only. It only goes onto show that Government does not want commitment to these people for ever and wants to employ them in "use and throw" mode. That speaks volumes on Government's priority on education. It's not like all regular lectuerers are earning millions, they can just make ends meet. Why not allocate more funds to teach our next generation ? Assumption: All candidates hired as guest lecturers are sufficiently qualified in their respective fields to be hired as regular staff.

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  • Thimmappa, Bhatkal

    Mon, Jan 17 2022

    It is very difficult to find out committed teachers in the the colleges. Majority take up teaching, if they fail to get other job. The same analogy applies to guest lecturers. They missed the bus at the time of selection to the posts of Government Colleges or other government jobs due their inability and competence. For higher educational institutions we have to select best faculty as we have done during last selection of Government colleges Please dont select or provide confirmed position to these incompetent teachers based on the request of political parties. If you give confirmed position to those guest lecturers without any UGC qualifications, you will ruin the entire system. We cannot blame the Congress or BJP for continuing this problem, even less number of faculty may be required in future due to the facility of online education At the same time some workable performance system has to be incorporated in the existing system so that the burden of salary may be reduced if we pay on the basis of performance

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    One hand gives the other takes back.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    BJP stands Exposed ...

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  • Alphonse Rodrigues, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Peoples Representatives MLA's are increasing year by year, we have to give pension to MLA's. High command wanted election fund to fight 5 states, So no money in the exchequer.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    It's time to show back door to Modi govt as India's unemployment rate reached a four month high of 7.91% in December 2021, data from the CMIE.

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Even CM doesn't have job security under BJP..!!

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    job security? under the clueless, brainless and senseless blue JP govt? ha ha ha...

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  • Rahul Kejar, mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    big fan of Kerala communist model....

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    There are no good jobs in twin districts, we are following Kerala model of educate and send.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    People are foolish to vote on religious basis !! religion never feed ones life so that bjpeeee never give you peace of life ! its commission based govt ! why the people who elected fight for ministerial positions !!!! why ????????? ask nalinin. PITY on ANDA bhaktha

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