`The decision will affect 2,000 employees in these colleges'
HUBLI: Karnataka University College Teachers' Association has condemned the action of the State Government in withholding the salary grants of 49 colleges in the State, which had obtained less than "B-grade" in the assessment done by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Association president L.R. Angadi has termed the decision of the Government as unilateral and deplorable. This action would affect over 2,000 employees comprising teaching and non-teaching staff. He said his association and the Federation of University College Teachers Association of Karnataka (FUCTAK) had urged the State Government on several occasions not to link the grant-in-aid with NAAC grading. NAAC accreditation was accorded to colleges taking into consideration several criteria. Just because a college got a grade less than "B", it did not mean that the quality of education was inferior, he said.
Colleges obtaining marks between 55 and 70 would be graded as C, C+ and C++ and among these colleges there were many rural and evening colleges.
Prof. Angadi said that a meeting of teaching and non-teaching staff of seven colleges affiliated to Karnatak University, which had been affected by the Government's decision would be convened on October 22 at SJMVS College for Women in Hubli at 11 a.m.