Guest faculty assistant professors allege bias, demand hike in salary

Guest faculty assistant professors allege bias, demand hike in salary

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11

In a meeting held at SCD Government College today, guest faculty assistant professors shared problems being faced by them and demanded from the state government to increase their salary at the earliest.

Lakhwinder Singh, president of the Guest Faculty Assistant Professor Union (SCD Government College Unit), said the guest faculty professors were worried about their future as they had been working for nearly two decades but they were still being paid low salaries.

“About 962 guest faculty assistant professors are rendering their services in 48 government colleges of the state. The practice of recruiting guest faculty assistant professors in government colleges had started in 2002. Currently, a guest faculty assistant professor is paid around Rs 24,000 per month but a part-time assistant professor is paid around Rs 53,568 per month. The guest faculty assistant professors are doing the work equally as being done by the part-time professors. But, the guest faculty professors are being financially discriminated,” he said.

It is learnt that even those guest faculty assistant professors who have done PhD are getting only Rs 24,000 salary per month.

The union members said, “We demand from the Chief Minister and the Education Minister that all guest faculty assistant professors should be given the same status as part-time assistant professors without any condition

and their equivalent salary. Every guest faculty assistant professor should be paid Rs 53,568 per month salary.”

They also demanded that the parent-teacher association (PTA) fund should be abolished so that poor students could not suffer in getting higher education.

Rs 53,568 should be paid per month: Union

Members of the Guest Faculty Assistant Professor Union said: “We demand from the Chief Minister and Education Minister that all guest faculty assistant professors should be given the same status as part-time assistant professors without any condition and their equivalent salary. Every guest faculty assistant professor should be paid Rs53,568 per month salary.”

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