The amended West Bengal College Service Commission Bill,2012,was passed in the Assembly on Monday. Once it becomes a law after the approval from the Governor,the contractual and part-time teachers in the colleges will become permanent staff members if they clear National Eligibility Test or State Eligibility Test.
The Bill was introduced in the Assembly with certain modifications.
In the amended Bill,the word chairman has been replaced with chairperson to avoid gender discrimination. Any associate professor who has attained 10-15 years of teaching experience in government college or government aided college will be eligible for the post. The chairperson will be recruited by Higher Education Department.
In the existing West Bengal College Service Commission Act,1978,there was no provision for selection of associate professor as chairman. Critics said that this led to the selection of those who were close to the Left Front. Though applicants above the age of 37 wont be allowed to take the College Service Commission interview,relaxation will be given for part time and contractual lecturers as per the new Bill.
The new Bill has provision for giving extra marks to non-teaching,contractual and part-time teachers on the basis of their work experience. However,those who are very senior but are still part-time or contractual lecturers will not be able to apply for permanent jobs through the commission. But their pay packages will be doubled.
After the Bill was passed,Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu said: The revised Bill would allow the commission to recruit non-teaching staff for colleges through competitive exams on the lines of the School Service Commission. This will ensure transparency in the system.
Basu said the political influence could be curbed by setting up a single panel for the recruitment of teachers. Moreover,he said,the interviews will be conducted by the nine nominees of the nine universities for a single subject to weed out favouritism. Earlier only one Vice-Chancellors nominee used to be present at the interview for hiring teachers of a particular subject.
The Bill also provides for removal of the chairperson not only on the grounds of insanity but on non-performance.
The Left Front slammed the new Bill saying it had inherent flaw by allowing as associate professor to recruit a professor in a college.