Salary issues of temporary employees and infrastructure requirements of the 14 constituent colleges that were recently converted into government arts and science colleges will be the key issues of discussion at the meeting convened by the director of collegiate education (DCE) in Chennai on May 21.
DCE R Sarumathi had asked for proposals on the immediate requirements of these colleges from their administrators as well as registrars of the concerned universities who have been called for the meeting. Consequent to an announcement made by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in June last year to convert all constituent arts and science colleges under DCE into government colleges, the state government had on March 2 passed orders converting 14 of them in the first phase.
The remaining colleges will be converted in two more phases so as to ease the financial burden on the state government. In fact, the conversion was undertaken to ease the financial burden on state-run universities on account of managing these colleges. Less than a month ago, principals of government arts colleges were given full additional charge of these constituent colleges nearby in place of the principals appointed by the respective universities. While it was the first move after their conversion, the DCE has now called for the first-ever meeting of administrators of these colleges. Apart from the regional joint directors of collegiate education, the meeting will also be attended by former principals of the colleges apart from the incumbents appointed recently and registrar of the respective universities.
The salary of guest faculty members in these colleges will be a major issue to be discussed, said the state vice-president of Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers Association (TNGCTA) G Ramesh. Temporary teaching staff in government arts and science colleges were being paid for 11 months a year, except May. This was unlike in the constituent colleges where they were paid for all the 12 months.
Since the colleges have been brought under the government, temporary staff are skeptical about their salaries and the government too has not taken any decision on it yet, he said. DCE has sought details of the guest faculty members like consolidated pay and the hourly payment apart from documents of their appointment. She has also sought details on the immediate requirement of the colleges as a proposal and admission related issues.