Karnataka Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande on Friday informed the Legislative Council that the Higher Education Council is attempting to bring in a uniform academic calendar for all universities in the State.

Responding to a question by M.R. Doreswamy as to whether the Council was still in existence, Mr. Deshpande said it is. He said activities of the Council were earlier confined to Tumkur University only.

Now it has become more vibrant and all the 17 universities are involved. The only shortcoming is the vacancy of the vice-chairman, he said.

As the Chairman of the Council, he had convened its meeting in August and chalked out the activities. One of the aims of the Council is to bring in uniform academic calendar for all the universities. Students are put to great hardship because of different academic calendars followed by universities, he said.

Raising the question on behalf of M.R. Doreswamy, Doddarange Gowda said the council appeared to have become ineffective.

Responding to another question by Ramachandra Gowda, Mr. Deshpande said the department was planning to enhance the remuneration of guest lecturers teaching in government degree colleges.

As many as 10,463 guest lecturers are working during the current academic year and they are paid Rs. 8,000 a month (only post-graduate degree) and Rs. 10,000 a month (those with additional qualifications of NET/ SLET/ PhD). Their remunerations are being paid regularly these days after settling earlier dues, he said.

Mr. Ramachandra Gowda urged Mr. Deshpande to regularize the services of those falling within the specified age bracket.