It is unfortunate despite serving for more than fifteen years in their respective colleges, contractual lecturers serving in Polytechnic colleges are still crying for a comprehensive policy to regularize them.
Even the government has admitted that there is need to fill posts which are vacant in all the 24 Polytechnic colleges established across the State. Despite having well qualified staff already serving in these colleges since more than fifteen years as contractual as well as demonstrators, the government has failed to bring a regularization policy for them.
It is also unfortunate that the students trained by these lecturers in different technical fields are serving in respective private firm with nice package and some of them are also serving in government department but these lecturers and demonstrators are continuously facing negligence of the state government.
Sources in the government revealed that over 202 lecturers and demonstrators are serving as contractual or adhoc bases with pay scale 6,500 to 7,000 at Polytechnic colleges across the state. Out of them, 102 are deployed in Jammu region while 100 in Kashmir valley. “However, sanctioned staff for the post lecturers is 313 posts while 89 for demonstrators in all 24 Polytechnic colleges but government have filled only 65 posts of lecturers and 9 posts of demonstrator, sources said.
Sources added, “over 248 post of lecturers while 80 post of demonstrators are still vacant all these colleges. “Interestingly, due to establishment of new polytechnics in the uncovered districts of state most of the incumbents were engaged on academic arrangement basis and some of these are continuing on court orders, sources said.
“The government at present is in no mood to make a proposal of regularization of academic arrangements presently under process in the department on the pattern of adhoc, contractual appointees,” sources informed.
However, the government official data which also admitted that some of the incumbents working on academic arrangement basis in the department from the last 10-15 years are continuing on court orders. “The academic arrangements are made on merit basis against the available vacancies each year. Though some of the candidate approached the court and obtain stays on the arrangements. The cases are being contested in the court since the cases are subjudice; there is no policy on their regularization, revealed official data.