A sense of unease is palpable among the few hundreds of guest faculties in 10 constituent colleges of Bharathidasan University in the wake of an impending government take over of the institutions.

As directed by the Department of Higher Education, the Office of the Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Tiruchi, is in the thick of preparatory exercise for the conversion of the constituent colleges at Orthanadu, Perambalur, Veppur, Lalgudi, Inamkulathur, Aranthangi, Thiruthuraipoondi, Nanilam, Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam into government institutions.

While the takeover of the constituent colleges is a major relief on the financial front for Bharathidasan University, which has the highest number of such institutions in its fold in the State, guest lecturers who have served for long, are understandably in a state of uncertainty.

The university, on its part, submitted ‘action taken report’ earlier this week on the conversion process, particularly with respect to three aspects: no introduction of new courses, status quo on designation of staff, and collection of only government fee in the constituent colleges.

In the first review meeting of Vice-Chancellors last month, Higher Education Principal Secretary Sunil Paliwal instructed them to permit temporary staff/guest lecturers to work until their posts were filled up with regular staff by the government.

In the run-up to the next review meeting slated for July 16, the government has to spell out measures to safeguard the future of guest faculties, representatives of teachers associations espousing the cause of guest lecturers emphasised.

The Association of University Teachers and Aided College Teachers’ Association expect the government to extend its proposal of regularising services of eligible ad hoc lecturers in government arts and science colleges through a special examination to the guest lecturers.

A delegation of guest faculties, led by AUT unit president of Bharathidasan University Constituent College, Srirangam, Pugazh Karunanidhi, called on Education Minister K.P. Anbazhagan on Tuesday and urged him to give due consideration to their request for service regularisation of guest lecturers, those appointed on hourly basis, and non-teaching staff.

“We requested the Government to make jobs permanent for all eligible guest lecturers by pointing out that the appointments were made by the university through due public notification. We were selected after interview and appointed under roster system,” he said.

The Education Minister is learnt to have assured the delegation that their request will be considered in right earnest.

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