The Punjab government has started the process for filling up around 1,925 posts of lecturers in private aided colleges across the state.
The information was submitted by the state government in the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday during the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Jagwant Singh of Chandigarh.
Punjab higher education principal secretary Roshan Sunkaria, through an affidavit, informed the court that a five-member committee was constituted for the purpose that had submitted its recommendations on October 29. Since the procedure involved personnel policy matters and huge financial implications, the committee had sent the matter to the department of finance.
The court was informed that the finance involved in filling up 1,925 posts of lecturers would be approximately Rs 150 crore. The state government's committee had found that since 1981 a total of 3,566 posts of lecturers were sanctioned by the state government for private aided colleges of which 1,641 were filled and 1,925 were vacant.
The petitioner had approached the high court seeking quashing of the state government's orders of imposing indefinite ban on filling up of duly sanctioned vacant posts of teaching and non-teaching staff in the aided colleges in the state.
The court has now posted the case for next hearing and filing of the action taken report by the state government on December 16.