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LU gives 40-60% payment hike to guest faculty

LUCKNOW: Guest faculty teaching in Lucknow University’s regular and self-finance undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be paid more now.
Around 100 such subject experts are guiding over 15,000 students of different departments in which teachers have retired or passed away, or in departments that do not have any sanctioned permanent posts.
The payment of subject experts has been increased by 40-60% from the next academic session. The move will not only help the university to meet the teachers’ shortage but will also ensure that in departments where teachers have retired, experts take classes so that the quality of teaching is not compromised.
“We have subject experts mostly in arts and commerce faculty. In science, we take a professor of eminence under the University Grants Commission scheme. These are retired teachers of our own science departments who continue to teach even after retirement,” said LU vice-chancellor Prof Alok Kumar Rai.
He added that amid the Covid-19 pandemic, when those not in full-time professions were hit financially, specialists in subjects should be supported with respectable honorarium.
Rai said that the payment had been increased for three reasons. First, to ensure that a decent amount is paid to teachers so they remain motivated and to attract new talents.
“Second, we have excellent subject experts at present who have been teaching sincerely over the years but their payment has not been increased. Lastly, it was to bring about uniformity as earlier, payment in every subject was different,” he said.

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