Staff Correspondent

Say workload has increased in the past six years

Teachers seek service certificates from Karnatak University'Guest lecturers should be considered for evaluation work'

DHARWAD: College teachers working as guest lecturers at Karnatak Arts College and Karnatak Science College attached to Karnatak University began an indefinite dharna here on Monday to press their demands.

They alleged that the remuneration given to guest lecturers has not been raised since the past six years, though their workload has increased owing to introduction of the semester system.

Although the matter has been brought to the notice of the Vice-Chancellor and the authorities concerned, no steps have been taken in this regard so far, they added. They noted that though they have been serving the colleges for several years now, they have not been issued service certificates in spite of several requests. When other universities in the State are issuing the certificates, what is preventing Karnatak University from doing so, they sought to know. "We are also not being considered for evaluation work," they said. The protesters also noted that they were being deprived of many opportunities as they did not have service certificates.

Mohan Nagammanavar, writer, who expressed solidarity with the lecturers, said he will begin an indefinite hunger strike before the residence of Karnatak University Vice-Chancellor M. Khajapeer from January 28 if the demands of the lecturers are not met immediately.

Mohan Siddhanthi, president of the Pre-University College Teachers' Association; Santhosh Devaraddi, secretary, ABVP; and others expressed their solidarity with the lecturers. Veena Kulkarni, B.S. Bhajantri, Mahadev Arera, S.A. Pattanashetti and Ravi Nayak are leading the protest.

Discussion

The striking lecturers were invited for discussions by Dr Khajapeer. But the meeting remained inconclusive.

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