Govt to implement CAS for college teachers from Nov

The state government on Tuesday announced to introduce Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) by providing financial incentives to college and university teachers possessing PhD/MPhil degrees on the basis of the recommendations made by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

"The state higher education department has approved the scheme which has been vetted by the the state finance department," state Finance Minister Amit Mitra told mediapersons in Kolkata.

The scheme, aimed at providing a boost to those eager to get higher academic degrees, will be effective from November 1 and over 10,000 teachers will benefit from it.

The CAS would be applicable to teachers of state-aided universities, government and government-sponsored colleges, government-aided colleges besides, physical education teachers, assistant librarians, sports persons in the state.

As per the scheme, any teacher, for example, has MA degree and wants to pursue MPhil, will be entitled to get the increment. The increased salary, Mitra said, will be added with the regular salary of the teacher, who is entitled to get the CAS benefit.

It may be noted that despite the UGC guidelines to give increment to teachers eager to pursue higher education, state had not taken any initiative earlier.

Union threatens to move court

The decision, however, has led to widespread criticism amongst teachers' associations who claimed that the government has already revised the pay package of the teachers in 2006. If now the government provides increment to only those teachers who are willing to pursue higher education this year, then there will be discrepancies, said the associations.

Tarun Patra, president of West Bengal College and University Teachers Association, said till now the government has not issued any formal order in implementing the CAS for only those teachers who are willing to pursue higher degrees in this year. "If any such formal order is issued, we will move High Court. We are waiting for the formal order," Patra said.

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