THE INITIATIVE of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry to overcome teacher’s shortage in colleges here has hit a roadblock.
The Human Resource Development Ministry in a recent order gave degree colleges the liberty to appoint teachers retiring on June 30 against an honorarium.
Such teachers could be employed till they attained the age of 65, the order said. But despite the order, many of the colleges would not be able make
appointment due to financial crunch.
The order did not fix the honorarium amount and left it to be decided by the college management. But this became the most difficult task.
Management of private colleges said it would not be possible for them to pay higher salary to these senior teachers. However, aided colleges were in a
position to make better payment.
Some of the teachers retiring on June 30 told the Hindustan Times that the HRD Ministry order was welcome but they should have fixed the honorarium amount.
They demanded one third of their last drawn salary as honorarium.
They also said if inexperienced teachers could be paid Rs 5000 per month, they should get at least three times the amount.
On the other hand, the management of both aided and unaided colleges said that in view of the financial position they could only offer a maximum of Rs 7000 to retired teachers.
However, a large number of retiring teachers did not prefer to continue teaching at such a low honorarium.