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Pay Boost to Part-Timers in India

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee found favor with part-time teachers in the state-aided colleges across Bengal when the government decided to take up a proposal to enhance their pay despite a funds crunch.

“I am shocked to learn that part-time teachers in colleges are getting a paltry sum between Rs 1,000 ($22.14) and Rs 2,000 ($44.28) per month. This is humiliating. We have decided to raise their salaries at the earliest,” Bhattacharjee said in October at the 76th state conference of the West Bengal College and University Teacher’s Association.

“Those who teach in undergraduate colleges as part-time lecturers in lieu of permanent ones deserve better treatment,” asserted the chief minister at the function, which was also attended by the state higher education minister, Sataysadhan Chakraborty.

Chakraborty echoed Bhattacharjee and said part-time lecturers have for long demanded an increase in their pay. “It is really insulting for a college teacher to earn such a paltry sum, no matter whether he is a part-timer or not,” the minister said.

Officials said part-time lecturers used to get a monthly remuneration of Rs 150 ($3.32) about a decade ago. Five years ago, the part-time lecturers demanded a hike in their pay and the government bowed

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