Teachers of Job Oriented Diploma Courses in Obscurity
With the delay in the regularisation process, 3,746 teachers of job-oriented diploma courses (JODC) in the State are in limbo.
While these teachers from 554 colleges are anxiously awaiting clearance from the State Finance Department, officials of the Education Department are not sure when they would get clearance.
The teachers, who had been agitating for the past two decades, heaved a sigh of relief when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government decided to regularise their services on 7th May, 2010.
“With the decision, the Government proposed to scrap the JODC system and bring the teachers under the Education Department,” said president of the JODC Teachers’ Association S.N. Gangadhar.
The concept of job-oriented courses (vocational courses) was introduced by the Union Government in 1977 with an objective of increasing employment opportunities.
The concept included offering training in various disciplines to meet the growing demand of skilled workers. Initially, the Government introduced the concept for five years, but based on the need, the courses got extension from successive governments, he said.
Though several colleges in the State introduced new courses, the concept suffered a setback owing to lack of infrastructure and administrative lapses.
Gradually, the concept lost its very purpose with the Government and the colleges showing little interest in reviving it, Mr. Gangadhar said.
He said as the job-oriented courses were treated as equivalent to pre-university courses (only for Arts and Commerce), the concept was a tool to get admission to degree courses.
Mr. Gangadhar said that the teachers were paid a meagre salary of Rs. 3,500. Several teachers had been working for the past 20 years. Two years ago, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was asked to study the concept.
The IIM submitted a report to the Government in which, it suggested that the only way to strengthen the concept was to provide better infrastructure to the colleges and regularise the services of teachers.
As the Government found scrapping the concept more feasible, it decided to bring the teachers under the Education Department by appointing them to various posts based on their qualification, he said.
Mr. Gangadhar has urged students not to seek admission to job-oriented courses as they had been stopped.