Calcutta University has drawn up a set of rules to ensure teachers spend adequate time in college.
Under the new rules, the teachers have to attend college six days a week instead of five, teach at least five hours every working day and do non-academic work at least 10 hours a week.
“A directive will soon be sent to colleges to implement the new rules,” said a senior official of the university.
The decision to prepare the code was taken at a meeting of the syndicate, Calcutta University’s highest policy-making body, on Thursday, said the official.
The rules are in conformity with the state government’s guidelines to implement the University Grants Commission-approved Career Advancement Scheme for teachers.
The teachers are currently required to attend college five days a week, for at least five hours each day. According to a university official, most teachers teach less than four hours each working day. “We need to change this in the interest of the students. The workload of each full-time teacher should be at least 40 hours a week,” he said.
A teacher at a city college said all colleges needed adequate infrastructure so that teachers could remain on the campus for a longer duration.
“There are a number of colleges where the staffroom is so small that it cannot accommodate more than 10 teachers at a time,” said the teacher.
Under the new code, colleges must function at least 180 days a year, which would translate into at least 30 weeks of actual teaching.
“These rules are in consonance with the guidelines announced by the state government for implementation of the Career Advancement Scheme,” said the CU official.
Syndicate members proposed during Thursday’s meeting that the colleges install biometric systems to register attendance to ensure that teachers spend enough time in college.
Once the directive reaches the colleges, the new rules will be placed before their governing bodies for approval.
A youth died and another was injured when a taxi hit the motorcycle they were riding on VIP Road, near Dum Dum Park, on Friday morning. Sushanta Chakraborty, 17, who had bought the second-hand bike on Thursday, was pronounced dead at a nursing home. Chayan Chakraborty, who was riding pillion, was admitted with injuries to the head and rib cage. The two were neighbours at Baguiati.
The driver fled with the taxi.