The decision to introduce the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) for teachers working in universities and government-affiliated colleges was announced by the West Bengal Government here on Tuesday.

The benefits of the scheme will be available to 2,800 teachers from November, Finance Minister Amit Mitra told journalists at the State Secretariat.

The scheme will benefit about 20 per cent of the total number of teachers working in State-run universities and colleges, he said.

“The incentive given to the teachers under the scheme will encourage many more teachers to complete M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees,” Mr Mitra said.

The implementation of the scheme would incur an additional cost of Rs.12 crore to the State exchequer every year, he added.

Sugata Marjit, Chairperson of the State Higher Education Council, welcomed the Government’s move stating that the proposal had been pending for a long time. Prof. Marjit said the West Bengal College Service Commission will start recruitment of teachers in colleges across the State -- also pending for quite some time -- by the beginning of next year.