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Guest lecturers want their demands met

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Seeking action:Members of the Guest Lecturers Welfare Committee staging a protest in Mysore on Tuesday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram
Seeking action:Members of the Guest Lecturers Welfare Committee staging a protest in Mysore on Tuesday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram

Members of the Guest Lecturers Welfare Committee in Mysore have urged the Department of Collegiate Education (DCE) to consider their demands while appointing guest lecturers for the year 2013-14.

The department has invited applications online from eligible candidates for the posts of guest lecturer in degree colleges.

Members of the committee, who staged a demonstration outside the office of the Joint Director of Collegiate Education here on Tuesday, demanded that candidates who had worked in degree colleges should get priority in the recruitment this year.

In a press release, the committee suggested that the recruitment be decentralised as the centralised recruitment had caused confusion and inconvenience apart from “injustice”, particularly to local candidates. It was advisable to conduct the recruitment either through degree college principals in the respective areas or through joint directors of the collegiate education, it said.

The committee also demanded that the “equal pay for equal work” norm be followed by the department and candidates with M.A. and M.Phil. (other than those with Ph.D. and passed NET or SLET) get honorarium of Rs. 10,000.

The protesters said according to the UGC norms, guest lecturers must be paid not less than Rs. 25,000 a month and accordingly the monthly honorarium must be enhanced by Rs. 15,000.

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