GUWAHATI, Feb 6 � Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma assured a delegation of the Assam College Teachers� Association (ACTA) of creating around 2,000 new posts in the State�s colleges to meet the demand of the present situation.
No post was created in the State�s colleges since 1992, but new subjects like environmental science, information technology, etc., have been introduced in the colleges of late. This has created a demand for more teachers in the colleges and this has been realized by the minister, said the ACTA in a statement here.
The ACTA delegation, which met the Education Minister and senior officers of the Education Department yesterday, was also told by the Education Minister that scopes for provincialisation would be provided to those colleges, which have been receiving deficit grants.
Moreover, the process to provincialise those colleges recognised by the Government prior to 2006 and the non-provincialised wings of the provincialised colleges is also on, the Minister told the delegation. Steps are also being taken to release all the arrear amounts of the colleges speedily, the Minister said.
The ACTA delegation, led by its president Naren Sangmai and general secretary Jyoti Kamal Hazarika, raised the issue of those teachers who rendered services to the colleges between June 24, 2004 and April 30, 2009, at a fixed pay of Rs 5,000. The Education Minister said that a discussion of the ACTA with the Chief Minister would be held on the issue expeditiously.
The Minister also assured the delegation that the process to pay new scales to those college teachers who have been serving at a fixed pay of Rs 8,000, would be expedited.