COIMBATORE: The University Grants Commission has hiked the salary for guest lecturers in colleges and universities to Rs 1,500 per lectures subject to a maximum of Rs 50,000 per month.
The guest faculty can be appointed only against sanctioned post. However, for universities where the sanctioned posts are not adequate as per the teaching workload, the number of guest faculty to be appointed can be up to 20 per cent over and above the sanctioned posts. The qualification and selection procedures should be same as in the case of assistant professor.
Superannuated teachers may also be considered for engagements as guest faculty subject to a maximum age limit of 70 years, UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said in a communication to State higher education secretaries and university registrars on Monday.
The guest faculty selection committee should consist of Vice-Chancellor (VC) or his nominee, expert in the subject concerned nominated by the V-C, dean of the faculty concerned, head of the department or school, an academician representing SC, ST, OBC, Minority, Women, Differently-abled categories to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
TN All Government Colleges UGC Qualified Guest Lecturers Association president V Thangaraj said, “In September 2009, the State government appointed guest lecturers at a consolidated pay of Rs 6,000 per month. It was hiked to Rs 10,000 in 2011 and to Rs 15,000 in February 2015, which is what we are getting till now. But, in February 2010, the UGC made similar announcement and fixed maximum pay for guest lecturers as Rs 25,000. While the Kerala government implemented the order, Tamil Nadu government has not implemented it.”