The government will soon issue a notification for the recruitment of 430 lecturers in government first grade colleges in the State.

Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande said that the government had decided to recruit 930 lecturers and the Finance Department had given the go-ahead for recruiting 430 lecturers in the first phase.

Admitting that there was delay in the recruitment of lecturers, he said that following the decision on special status to Hyderabad Karnataka region under Article 371(J) of the Constitution, certain changes had to be made in the recruitment guidelines.

“Now, the State Cabinet has cleared all these technical hurdles and the recruitment process will begin soon,” he said.

To a query on the government stopping recruitment of professors and associate professors in Karnatak University, Mr. Deshpande said that it had been done to bring in transparency in the process.

He said that candidates were given marks ranging from 12.5 to 40 and as the process was complex, it had led to confusion.

The government was contemplating implementing a uniform procedure in recruitment for these posts and the process would restart once the new measures were incorporated, he said.

The Minister said that there were 3,500 vacant posts of lecturers in first grade colleges and in universities and the government would appoint 11,000 guest lecturers in a phased manner.

On setting up a teachers training academy in Dharwad as announced in the budget, he said that there was a need for a full-fledged building and staff to start the academy, and it might take another five months for the process to start.

On complaints about the government withholding salaries of guest lecturers, he clarified that the government had released Rs. 54 crore for salaries.

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