Un­ex­pected job loss leaves guest fac­ulty in lurch

Ter­mi­na­tion no­tices served mid-aca­demic year; most of them yet to get 5-month salary


SEV­ERAL guest lec­tur­ers work­ing in govern­ment arts and sci­ence col­leges have been told that their ser­vices have been ter­mi­nated, af­ter teach­ing for four months in the aca­demic year 2018-19. These teach­ers have also not re­ceived their pay for the pe­riod they worked.

At least 40 teach­ers were told about their re­moval late in Septem­ber 2018. “This came as a shock to most of them, as they were wait­ing for the salary for the work they did in the last four­five months,” said Thangaraj Venkate­san, State co­or­di­na­tor for Tamil Nadu Guest Lec­tur­ers as­so­ci­a­tion.

As they were in­formed of their re­moval in the mid­dle of the aca­demic year, they could nei­ther ap­ply for other jobs nor pur­sue PhD or other higher ed­u­ca­tion.

“I got mar­ried only six months ago and my wife is preg­nant. I’m from Aarani and I moved to Bar­gur only 10 months ago. I have not re­ceived my salary since. We have mort­gaged all our jew­els and we don’t know if we should con­tinue to pay rent here or move back to my home town,” said S Ud­hayanan, a Tamil guest lec­turer.

He did not ap­ply for PhD as he was asked to con­tinue teach­ing at the govern­ment col­lege. “They still haven’t paid my five-month salary for work­ing from April till Septem­ber. My col­lege prin­ci­pal said that al­lot­ment has not been made for the same,” he rued.

An­other lec­turer, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, worked at a col­lege in Cud­dalore. “Three of us were the only ones han­dling 150 stu­dents. This year, they can­celled my al­lot­ment and I was told about it only in Septem­ber,” the lec­turer said.

“Many teach­ers even in­dulge in mal­prac­tice as they lost their jobs sud­denly. They re­quest the prin­ci­pal, and fill up non-teach­ing po­si­tions, even though they are qual­i­fied,” said Thangaraj Venkate­san.

He added that a few guest lec­tur­ers were ter­mi­nated in var­i­ous places in­clud­ing Chi­dambaram, Kum­bakonam, Sirkazhi and Thiru­van­na­malai.

Speak­ing to Ex­press, Di­rec­tor of Col­le­giate Ed­u­ca­tion R Saru­mathi said, “We had cre­ated many new cour­ses and we needed lec­tur­ers for those cour­ses. How­ever, the fund al­lot­ment for guest lec­tur­ers has not in­creased much,” she said. She added that funds were re­cently sanc­tioned to pay teach­ers for the five months they worked and said that it will be dis­bursed shortly.

She, how­ever, said jobs can­not be guar­an­teed for all those who were in­formed of their ter­mi­na­tion in Septem­ber.

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