Shimla: Getting government college lecturers to stay on campus for a normal ten to five timing is proving hard as the lecturers are a agitated lot and have even threatened to go on mass leave should the condition be made binding.
Addressing a gathering of HP state college teachers association at Mandi, President RK Kayastha on Sunday said the governmentâ€™s 10 to 5 timing diktat was not acceptable to them.
He claimed that University Grants Commission (UGC) norms only provided for 5 hours of duty time and college teachers working timings could not be equated with other employees.
Should the government insist on imposing the time conditionality, we would be forced to agitate. â€œFor a start, we will register our protest by wearing black badges; will go on mass leave and not participate in the elections to students body, if the government does not relent,â€ said Kayastha.
â€œThe government is not demanding much,â€ says OP Sharma, director higher education.
Citing guidelines, he said, â€œas UGC pay scales are being implemented in all government colleges, asking the lecturers to abide by its norms in taking up research projects besides teaching, participate in administrative responsibilities, co-curricular and social work is something that is the needed to bring about qualitative changes in higher education.â€
Sources say, faced with absenteeism, falling standards and under competition from private institutions, the government has decided to insist upon longer work hours for the about 2000 college teachers in the 68 colleges that it runs.
Sharma also said that the department had decided to apply the performance appraisal base system (PABS) to benchmark college teachers with an Academic Performance Indicator bar towards career advancement.
Whereas college lecturerâ€™s are peeved at the government insistence on the timing order school lecturers who are on a lower pay scale and teach XI and XII classes already have to stay put on campus on a working day. â€œWe have to be on campus during the official timings,â€ says Pramod Pathaniya, general secretary school lecturers association.