AKHIL MAHAJANJAMMU: Bizarre it may seem but it is true that the Government Degree Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory are going to engage candidates on academic arrangement basis as ‘Need Based Teachers’ for the session 2020-21. Superseding all previous orders of academic arrangement, the Higher Education Department has issued fresh guidelines in this regard. According to Government Order, bearing No 88 – (JK)-HE of 2020, dated February 17, 2020, the rate of remuneration per lecture of 60 minutes shall be Rs. 500 for ‘Need Based Teachers’ or Guest Faculty with the qualifications of (NET/SLET or Ph.D) prescribed by University Grants Commission (UGC) and Rs. 450 for teachers with only Master’s Degree as their highest qualification. The order further mentioned that in no case the monthly remuneration shall exceed Rs. 30,000 for a teacher with prescribed UGC qualification (NET / SLET or Ph.D) and Rs. 25,000 for teachers with only Masters Degree as their highest qualification. Pertinent to mention here that the Need Based Teachers would be recruited in addition to teaching faculty engaged for full academic year and shall be paid monthly wages of Rs. 28,000 with minimum qualification of Ph.D or NET/SET and those with PG as highest qualification shall be paid monthly wages of Rs. 22,000. The Principals have been asked to constantly work out actual requirement of the Need Based Teachers strictly as per the available teaching workload of respective courses according to their respective credit weight age and wherever the circumstances demand the Principals should hire only Guest Faculty. The order further reads that the Principals can refer the general merit lists prepared by Director Colleges to make the engagement of Need Based Teachers as per the merit of the candidates strictly as per the available teaching workload.
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