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Education minister Kalicharan Saraf gives hope to Rajasthan government college teachers

Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 2:14pm IST | Place: Ajmer | Agency: DNA

If everything goes well, the government college teachers would soon have new designations like assistant and associate professors. Education minister Kalicharan Saraf on Wednesday agreed to implement college teachers’ long-pending demands and promised to consult the finance secretary on this matter.

“I will immediately look into the matter and if a need arises, I will tell the finance secretary to remove hurdles, if there is any, in implementation of this demand from the finance department,” announced Saraf. He also agreed to implement long standing demand of college teachers career advancement scheme (CAS). He was in Ajmer to attend the 52nd convocation of Rajasthan University and College Teachers Association (Rashtriya)(RUCTA).

Speaking about state government’s 60-day programme to streamline education system in the state, the education minister said, “We have formed a regulatory body comprising of three ministers that would look into the malpractices of private educational institutions in the state. “All unethical practices in admissions, or fees structures, or research works in private educational institutes would end in next sixty days,” he claimed adding that in addition he announced his ministry is working on a formula that teachers do not need to come out for agitations to meet their genuine demands.

Speaking on the occasion, Narayan Lal Gupta, general secretary RUCTA, said “Since a long, the College teachers have been demanding a change in names of their present designations as lecturer to assistant and associate professors. To regulate our working hours as per the UGC norms, a change in designation is urgently required.”

Gupta said at present as there is no difference between a senior or a junior lecturer and workload is distributed arbitrarily. After the change it would be clear to every teacher about the number of classes (as per UGC norms) he or she would be required to take as per his or her designation. “It would help in regulating every teachers working hours and fixing responsibilities,” Gupta said adding that a change in designation would help college teachers to get more research projects from UGC.

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