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Dispur ready to promote teachers

Guwahati, Aug. 21: Dispur has decided to lift the restriction on promotion of senior college teachers in the state.

The decision, expected to affect the career advancement of thousands of college teachers, was taken during a meeting of officials of education, finance and personnel departments on Saturday.

Sources told The Telegraph that the education department had imposed restriction on the promotion of college teachers who were on the senior scale and selection grade categories in February.

The department had said unless the finance department agreed to bear the additional expenses in terms of payment of salaries and other monetary dues, promotion of senior faculty at different colleges was not possible.

While teachers who complete six years in service are put in the senior scale category, the selection grade applies to those who have completed 11 years of service.

“The finance department has already started processing the file relating to promotion and likely to complete the same at the earliest. The education department has already submitted the guidelines of the UGC on college teachers promotion to the department,” a source said.

The UGC had set new guidelines for the promotion of college teachers in 2010, as part of implementing the pay revision. The guidelines say besides the number of years they spend in service, teachers will be assessed on the basis of self-assessment reports on their contribution to teaching, professional development, co-curricular contribution; publications and research contribution.

Sources said chief minister Tarun Gogoi was likely to make the announcement during the ensuing conference of Assam College Teachers’ Association to be held from August 25 to 28 at Karimganj.

Association general secretary Jyoti Kamal Hazarika welcomed the decision and said promotion in service has become a long overdue for more than 1,000 teachers.

Dispur will sanction Rs 15 crore, which will be required to pay regular arrears in salaries of those teachers who worked for Rs 5,000 per month from 2004 to 2009.