Trichy: Announcing the conversion of 14 constituent colleges into government arts colleges on Saturday, the state government had created permanent posts, both of teaching and non-teaching staff, in these colleges. But only 50% of them were created against the existing staff strength in these colleges, says Tamil Nadu government constituent college guest lecturers association (TNGCCGLA). Urging the state government to create the remaining posts to ensure quality education in these colleges, the association demanded preference to the existing staff in the appointment. After announcing the conversion of 41 constituent colleges run by state universities under the director of collegiate education in June last year, the state government issued orders converting 14 of them in the first phase on Saturday. The conversion is to take place in the coming academic year.
Most of these colleges were run with temporary staff, of which over 2,300 were teaching faculty, who get a consolidated pay. But permanent posts had been created for only half of the existing staff strength. “For instance, the constituent college at Perambalur has about 97 temporary staff including 26 non-teachings. But 68 permanent posts have been created of which staff for four departments have been omitted,” said the general secretary of the association, A Senthil Kumar. Seeking to increase the permanent posts to ensure quality of education, the association passed a resolution seeking priority in appointments for the existing temporary staff. “We expect the government to provide adequate time to the temporary faculty to gain the required qualification in case they do not possess it,” said Senthil. While the guest faculty members are given a consolidated pay of Rs 15,000 a month, they must be given Rs 43,500 per month as per the seventh pay commission recommendations, he added