After more than two decades, the 800-odd contract workers of Andhra University who are categorised as the minimum time scale employees and 28-day employees are likely to be regularised, if the proposal sent by the university is considered favourably by the State government.
At the Senate meeting held here on Wednesday, it was decided to send a proposal to the government to regularise the employees, said AU Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao.
The AU has four categories of contract workers – minimum time scale, 28 days employees, consolidate pay employees and hostel daily wage workers.
There are about 300 employees under the minimum time scale and around 500 under the 28-day scheme categories.
“Recruitment of non-teaching staff was stopped around 20 years ago and since then the posts have not been filled. There are about 3,000 vacancies to be filled and we have been managing with the 800-odd contract workers,” said the V-C.
The proposal has been sent to the government after the Senate meeting and the varsity officials are hopeful that the government would consider it favourably.
While the salaries of the minimum time scale employees are paid from the annual block grant given by the State government to the university, the same for the 28-day scheme workers and the rest are taken care off by the AU from its own resources.
“Financially, it will not be a big burden for the State government as the new addition will only be the 28-day scheme category. Annually, the salary for this category will be around Rs.9 crore. Though the salary for the minimum time scale staff is already borne by the government through the block grant, the absorption will give them other benefits such as health card and pension,” said Prof. Nageswara Rao. The Senate members also have decided to enhance the salary of the consolidate workers by Rs.1,000. The salary ranges from Rs.4,000 to Rs.10,000 for employees under this category.
Keeping the security and sanitary aspects in mind, the university will hire about 100 security and sanitary workers through outsourcing.
“This has been approved at the Senate meeting. The requirement is around 400, and we have only about 150 at present,” he said.
Assistant professors to be hired
The Senate has also approved the hiring of assistant professors under contract scheme for all self-financing courses.
“We have about 25 self-financing courses including the six in the AU College of Engineering for Women. A committee will be formed to asses the requirement and then we will go for recruitment,” added prof. Nageswara Rao.
Source: The Hindu