Giving a relief to students of several government polytechnic and engineering colleges, the state government has finally done an ad hoc appointment of 915 lecturers for this year.
The appointments are done against the 1,000 vacancies in the various institutes, ensuring that colleges in far-off locations like Valsad, Dahod and Patan will also see their fair share of faculty walking in this year. The move will benefit thousands of students, many of whom have been suffering on account of a severe paucity of lecturers for several months now. Several government polytechnic and engineering colleges had to regularly look for visiting and external faculty for classes to take place. Besides, the government had significantly increased the number of seats in several colleges this year, which would have intensified the problem, had the appointment of new lecturers not taken place.
MN Patel, acting Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Technical University (GTU) said, “The move will reduce the burden on existing faculties in these institutes. About 25 colleges stand to benefit hugely from this decision. However, the issue of appointing senior faculty in many places still remains the same as those are quite difficult to find.”
The lecturers, appointed for 11 months on contract basis, will be off work for almost two months, when the students take a break on account of their exams. Each of the lecturers is to be paid Rs 20,000 per month during the stint. A similar ad hoc appointment of about 700 faculty had taken place last year.