Karnataka State Examining revised AICTE Pay for Engineering Teachers
Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavali said on Sunday that the State Government was examining a proposal to implement revised All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) pay scale for teachers of government and aided engineering colleges in the State.
He was addressing teachers at the annual convention of the Association of Mangalore University College Teachers (AMUCT) here.
He said once teachers of government and aided engineering colleges were given the revised AICTE pay scale, those in polytechnic colleges would be considered for it in the second stage.
However, for teachers of polytechnic colleges, the Government would have to pay the revised pay scale.
It needed additional funds for it. The Government had to follow the guidelines of AICTE to pay salary to teachers in polytechnic colleges.
The Minister expressed displeasure at the AICTE for changing the number of seats sanctioned to engineering colleges in the State while counselling for those who had appeared for the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the Government was in progress.
Later addressing presspersons at Sahyadri Engineering College, the Minister alleged that the AICTE was changing the intake every two days.
“The AICTE should understand that it is not a child’s play,” he said.
The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), which conducted counselling at five centres in the State, would consider the number of seats sanctioned by the AICTE to engineering colleges till 18th June, 2010 for allotting students appeared for the CET.
In some cases, the AICTE had allotted “zero” seats to some colleges this year owing to confusion.
In such cases, the KEA would consider the total number of seats allotted to such colleges last year for distributing seats to CET students this year.
If the AICTE reduced the number of seats for some colleges this year, the KEA would stick to it while allotting seats, he said.
The Minister said that managements of aided degree colleges would be allowed to remit only 50 per cent of the total tuition fee collected from students to the Government.
The managements could retain the balance fee amount with them. Presently, the managements were remitting the entire tuition fee collected from students to the Government.
He said that under the grant – in – aid code, teachers of aided engineering and polytechnic colleges were getting their salary only after the managements remitted the tuition fee collected from students to the Government.
The Minister said that he would ask the officials concerned to de-link this method. There should not be any link between payment of salary to teachers of aided engineering and polytechnic colleges and the tuition fee being collected from students.
He said that the Union Government was yet to release Rs. 639 crore due to the State to pay the revised UGC pay scale to college teachers.
Mr. Limbavali visited the CET counselling centre at Sahyadri Engineering College.