Partha Chatterjee, West Bengal education minister said that the government and aided colleges should inform the government before appointing a guest lecturer. Mr. Chatterjee told to the media reporters that the Authorities in state-run and state-aided colleges should apprise the Higher Education department before appointing any guest lecturer and not proceed on their own. He said that the government has already undertaken steps for regularization of those guest lecturers who are eligible as per UGC norms.
The minister said “We will shortly issue an order asking state-run and state-aided colleges not to issue advertisements recruiting guest lecturers without the knowledge of the department. Often they (colleges) do so and the department is kept in the dark about the recruitment.” He also said the government was assessing the ratio of guest lecturer with full-time teacher and the total number of guest and full-time teachers in all colleges.
Mr. Chatterjee said, “After judging the figures we will be able to determine wherever there is real need of more recruitment (of a new guest lecturer) and if so then inform the Chief Minister’s Office and Finance department accordingly.”
“We are working towards regularization of services of those guest lecturers who meet the UGC criteria. We will give weightage towards regularizing their services through College Service Commission”, he said. However, those guest teachers, not meeting UGC criteria, will also be given a hearing at a meeting at Nazrul Manch, a state-run auditorium, by this month.
“We will consider what can be done with their cases (guest lecturers not meeting UGC criteria) after the meeting with the representatives (of such guest lecturers not meeting UGC criteria) as the CM is sympathetic to their situation.” The government will do whatever can be done while keeping in mind its own financial condition, he said.
“We are being told by the representatives of guest lecturers that they are made to do many important work in colleges and not just take classes. If their claims are true we need to do something for the deserving ones,” Chatterjee said.