Selected candidates have to take admission by January 10

The new year has brought good news for 1,349 government pre-university (PU) college lecturers, who were appointed in 2009 through the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC). They can now avail themselves of leave with salary (for 10 months) to pursue B.Ed. course, which has been made mandatory for their probation period declaration.

The Centralised Admission Cell in Bangalore has announced the list of lecturers (besides other applicants) selected for the course for 2013-14. The list is available on the website of the Department of Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka — The selected candidates have been asked to take admissions by taking their original documents to the respective nodal centres in districts by January 10. Those wishing to seek change of college have to attend the counselling scheduled on January 20.

The seats have been allotted in government, aided and unaided B. Ed. colleges. On the directions of the Department of PU Education, the lecturers had applied for the course online in December last year. The cell had planned to announce the selection list on December 20, but put it off due to “administrative” reasons.

Of the 2,570 PU lecturers appointed in 2009, only 1,223 had B.Ed. degrees. Likewise, of the 1,764 lecturers appointed in 2013, 773 had B.Ed. certificates.

However, lecturers appointed in 2009 can avail of study leave and those appointed in 2013 (only those without B.Ed. certificates) will be considered later as they still have time to complete the course, sources in the department said.

‘Formalities completed’

Director of PU Education Rame Gowda told The Hindu that all necessary formalities for the study leave of PU lecturers had been completed and they could take admissions at colleges allotted to them immediately. There had been some representations from lecturers with requests for allotting seats in colleges in their respective districts.

According to Dr. Gowda, the lecturers appointed in 2013 had not been considered for study leave since it would be difficult to appoint that many guest lecturers in case both batches of lecturers were granted leave with pay simultaneously. “Once the 2009 batch completes the course, the second batch will be permitted to pursue the course,” the Director said.

The issue over B.Ed. course for PU lecturers was unresolved for a couple of years as the department insisted on the course for declaring their probation period, while the lecturers sought exemption from doing the course. The lecturers also demanded declaration of their probation period since they had already completed four years in service. However, some of them got admission for the course under distance education learning in open universities, including Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) in Mysore.

The department had reportedly contemplated relieving the lecturers from the colleges to allow them to complete the course without pay for one year. Lecturers protested and they met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar seeking justice.

The government finally stepped in and resolved the issue recently, announcing to grant study leave with pay to pursue the course.

However, it is unclear whether the lecturers would be relieved from colleges after declaring their probation period or relieved on deputation. Also, there is no clarity on the fate of lecturers already pursuing course under distance mode.

  • Those wishing to seek change of college have to attend counselling on January 20

  • ‘Once 2009 batch completes course, second batch will be permitted to pursue the course’