Karimnagar: Deputy Chief Minister and education minister Kadiam Srihari said that the process of regularising lecturers, who were appointed on contract basis would be started within a fortnight as part of improving teaching staff of government junior and degree colleges. He also said that midday meal programme would be introduced in junior colleges from this academic year. He was speaking at a review meeting on the education sector here on Friday.
Mr Srihari elaborated that the contract lecturers would be recruited as regular employees based on eligibility, roaster points and seniority. In addition, 743 posts of junior lecturers will be filled up by Telangana State Public Service Commission. Telangana government is offering Intermediate education and textbooks free of cost, besides providing midday meal to students in order to strengthen Intermediate education system, he explained
The Deputy CM further said that 8,000 kitchen sheds would be erected at an estimated cost of Rs 93 crore for implementing the dining programme in schools from the ongoing academic year. He said that steps were being taken to construct sheds and dining halls in government junior colleges. He directed authorities concerned to finalise the design of the sheds and to commence work at the earliest.
The education minister asserted that degree colleges were being classified into A, B and C categories in order to revitalise the higher education sector. Special focus will be laid on colleges that fall under B and C categories. He stated that 250 residential schools, announced by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao recently, would function from the current academic year. Out of them, 27 schools were allocated to Karimn-agar district.
He instructed authorities to identify lands and to take up temporary work force for operating the schools. Mr Srihari stated that government will offer an incentive of Rs 50,000 to students of degree colleges if they secure admissions in premier institutions of the country. As per an memorandum of understanding, IIT-Bombay is providing computer literacy to students of these colleges, besides giving coaching for banking and competitive examinations, he explained. It may be recalled that regularising the contract employees is a poll promise of the TRS. Thousands of lecturers working with junior and degree colleges would benefit with the help of this decision.