COIMBATORE: Hailing the Tamil Nadu Government’s move to recall the services of 3,284 guest lecturers in State-run arts and science colleges in deference to their demand, the Government College Teachers’ Manram (GCTM) has said the decision will give a fillip to classroom teaching.
The Higher Education Department and Directorate of Collegiate Education had chosen to recall the services of 1,623 guest lecturers for Shift I programmes in colleges and 1,661 guest lecturers for the Shift II courses on the day of the reopening of arts and science colleges.
“Without these 3,284 young teachers, the classrooms would go not only bereft of teaching, but also give rise to dangerous consequences in coeducation colleges. Hence, the GCTM welcomes the timely move to reappoint the guest lecturers,” the association general secretary R Murthy said in a statement here on Sunday.
According to him, following the increased student intake in government colleges, and following retirement of regular teachers, there is a definite need for 1,623 more teachers. The GCTM hoped that new teachers’ posts will be created at least on ad hoc basis.
The association also appealed to the government to hike the pay given to the guest lecturers from `10,000 to `21,500 a monthly as per UGC norms.
In another demand, the GCTM urged the State to appoint principals in many Government Arts Colleges that have remained headless following the retirement of principals this May.