Odisha govt asks college teachers to work seven-hour

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has made mandatory seven hours duty for college teachers and 75 per cent attendance for college students, said an official on Saturday.

The higher education department on Friday issued a notification to government and aided non-government colleges in the state mandating at least seven hours of work for the teachers.

However, the directive was not extended to the guest teachers as they are paid remuneration as per number of classes they teach.

 “All teachers posted in government and aided non-government colleges of the state, including the principal, shall perform the duty for at least seven hours on every working day,” the notification said.

In addition to normal teaching related works, teachers have been asked to devote time for library, research, taking extra classes for late entrants, taking corrective classes for needy students, monitoring students attendance, assisting the college authority in teaching and non-teaching assignments.

The college students have been asked to attend at least 75% of available classes failing which they shall not be allowed to appear in end-term examination.

The notification said student attendance must be monitored on monthly basis and parents of students not attending 75% of classes must be contacted over phone/SMS/postcard, etc.