Hyderabad: Despite a state government order to increase the per hour remuneration of guest lecturers in 11 universities in Telangana state, none of them have implemented it even after nine months. The government had released GO No. 11 dated April 4, 2018 to increase the remuneration of part-time lecturers working in 11 universities in the state at Rs 475 per hour to Rs 700 per hour.
The higher education department had earlier in 2018 constituted an expert committee for the revision of remuneration for all contractual and guest faculty across the 11 universities in Telangana. The varsities included Osmania, Kakatiya, Palamuru, Mahatma Gandhi, Satavahana, Telangana University, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Dr BR Ambedkar Open University, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University and Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies.
The expert committee had recommended increasing the remuneration by 75 per cent for the contractual lecturers which amounted to Rs 43,470 per month. It had also proposed to increase three per cent annually based on the service.
Likewise, the previous remuneration paid to part-time or guest lecturers was Rs 475 per hour for theory classes and Rs 220 for clock hour for practical classes. However, the expert committee after conducting a detailed study recommended paying Rs 600 per hour for theory classes and Rs 300 for per clock hour practical classes. This would be applicable for teachers who did not have NET, SET, SLET, PhD, M.Tech, ME and M. Pharm certification. The committee also recommended a different payroll for teachers who possessed the same. It fixed `700 per hour for theory and `350 per clock hour for practical classes. The higher education department after examining the recommendations approved the pay revision and it had also released Go No 11 in this regard.
A senior official working in the higher education department said that even though the state government had released a GO it had not sanctioned funds for the pay revision. He said that the fund crunch hit universities were not even in a position to clear salaries of December month for both contractual and guest lecturers. The official made it clear that the pay revision would be done only after funds were sanctioned by the state government....