A college in Jammu has asked teachers employed on a contractual basis to deliver lectures to students as guest faculty member violating guidelines.
Sources said that a Government Degree College in Kathua district hired contractual faculty members of various subjects on an academic-arrangement basis for the session 2020-21.
It was mentioned in rules and terms and conditions during hiring that these faculty members will be treated as academic-arrangement faculty for full session but college administration made these teachers as guest-faculty in mid-session which goes against laid guidelines. Sources informed that a faculty member who is hired on an academic arrangement basis earns Rs. 28,000 on a monthly basis while a guest faculty is only paid Rs. 500 per lecture and can earn a maximum of around Rs 20,000.
Sources said that a guest faculty member is also not paid for four Sundays in a month and for gazetted holidays. Administration pays guest faculty only for lectures delivered in classrooms but on another hand, a faculty member on an academic arrangement basis will be paid Rs. 28,000 per month and no amount will be deducted for Sundays or other gazetted holidays.
According to the sources, these contractual faculty members are hired on an academic arrangement basis for a full session and it is mentioned in guidelines that they cannot be treated like guest faculty.
A contractual faculty member said that in Kashmir division colleges, teachers who are hired on academic arrangement basis are working as same because of stay from the court. The court also put stay for colleges in Jammu too but management of Jammu colleges are not following the court order. They are continuously trying to turn contractual faculty members into guest faculty.
The order which states that these guest faculty members will be hired by colleges in which number of students is less than 25 was scheduled to be implemented from the next session in 2021-22. Strangely college administration in Kathua district has acted on this order way before next session has started.