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Dispur directive for extra shifts in colleges

Jorhat, June 27: Dispur has asked all colleges in the state to make necessary arrangements for organising additional shifts for the current academic year (2014-15) and has directed the principals to follow the guidelines issued by the government last year in this regard.

The director of higher education, P. Jidung, in a letter issued on June 18, to all the principals of the colleges, has forwarded a directive issued by the joint secretary of the higher education department, N. Haque, asking the colleges to follow a set of guidelines to facilitate holding of additional shifts in the colleges.

In the previous academic year — 2013-14 — the government had directed the colleges to introduce an additional shift in higher secondary and graduate courses to accommodate students who failed to get admission in the day shift.

There are the seven government and 189 provincialised colleges in the state.

The directive said those colleges with dual shifts do not need to start the additional shifts. The missive said the shifts, both existing and proposed, should be between 7am and 5pm.

The directive has asked the district administrations to form committees headed by respective deputy commissioners to supervise and ensure smooth functioning of the extra shifts. Education department sources said districts where such committees were constituted last year would function according to the guidelines set by the government.

The committees consist of inspectors of schools, principals of the colleges concerned, two teachers as representatives from the local unit of the Assam College Teachers’ Association as members, while the principal of the nodal college in each district is the member-convener. A college having the required capacity to start the extra shift will be notified as the nodal college located in the district, the guidelines mentioned.

According to the guidelines, the job of the committees would be to go through all statistics related to admission-seekers. It said the panels would examine the types of courses available in colleges and decide upon the possibility of starting the extra shift in a college depending on the requirement.

Students admitted in the additional shifts would have to pay admission and tuition fees at the same rate as in the day shift. In event of a surplus amount collected from the new shift, the same will have to be deposited with the government exchequer. In case of a deficit, a proposal has to be submitted to the government for bearing the deficit.

The guidelines stated that teaching and non-teaching staff working in the additional shift would be paid from the income generated from the new shift. Under the new arrangement, the principal will get Rs 5,000 per month, an associate professor will be paid Rs 200 per hour, an assistant professor Rs 150 per hour, grade-III employees Rs 2,000 per month and grade-IV employees Rs 1,500 per month.

The committees will meet quarterly and review the functioning of double shifts in colleges and submit a report to the director. The nodal college will be paid administrative expenses by the government on the basis of actual annual expenditure, which will not exceed Rs 50,000.

The nodal college will assist the committee in providing necessary information and data regarding the colleges short-listed for introduction of the additional shift and prepare the action plan required to introduce it.