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Contract Lecturers in India Cry Foul Over Pay Equity Issues

Even though the government stresses quality education and promises equal pay for equal work, at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, nearly 600 contract lecturers at the university staged a protest at the campus demanding the authorities raise their salaries and pay them according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms. The strike has been called off after the tenth day as on Wednesday.

Despite the fact that contract lecturers have been working on par with permanent lecturers, the university has not hiked the salary or given any extra benefits to contract lecturers. Most of the contract lecturers at the university are Ph.D. holders as per UGC norm. Currently, the starting salary for contract lecturers given by the university is 16,000 Rupees per month ($280) and goes up to 20,000 Rupees ($367) per month depending on the seniority. However, the contract lecturers are demanding that the minimum salary should start at 25,000 Rupees ($425) and be increased according to their seniority in compliance with the salary of the permanent staff.

“Our pay has not been increased since 2010 as per the UGC norms. We are being underpaid compared to the permanent staff in spite of putting in more work. The permanent

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