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MADURAI: In the absence of a mechanism to ensure quality in service conditions of teaching faculty in self-financing colleges, the Madurai Kamaraj University has suggested an agreement between association of managements of self-financing institutions affiliated to the university and teachers’ association to provide better working conditions.
Addressing management representatives of self-financing and aided educational institutions here on Tuesday, R. Karapaga Kumaravel, Vice-Chancellor, said that the agreement would be based on the MoU signed between the association of managements of self-financing and aided colleges affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, and college teachers’ associations. University and college managements should enjoy a cordial relationship to ensure quality in higher education.There should be a symbiotic relationship among the managements, teaching faculty and the university, he added.Ensuring quality
To ensure quality in teaching faculty recruitment, the university had mooted a plan to include two subject experts and two university nominees in the panel to select teachers in self-financing colleges, which could also have management representatives, he said. The qualification of newly appointed teaching faculty would be approved by the university within a month.
Acknowledging and appreciating the role played by self-financing institutions in the field of higher education, he suggested that the institutions fix a minimum salary of Rs.6,000 for the teachers and an annual increment of Rs.300 or 12.5 per cent of the salary, whichever was higher.
He also wanted the institutions to issue appointment orders and maintain a service register of teachers. Besides, he urged them to make contributory provident fund mandatory. The Vice-Chancellor stressed that other facilities, which included maternity leave for women teachers and other leave concessions for male faculty members, should be provided. By implementing all these facilities, self-financing institutions would get quality faculty members and also retain them.
Once the agreement was signed, S. David Amirtharajan, Dean, College Development Council, would monitor and report how effectively the self-financing managements implemented the agreement at weekly review meeting to be held in the university, he said.
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