1,440 Contract Workers in Telangana Denied Regularization:
Telangana’s government has granted regular employee status to contract workers in government degree, junior, and polytechnic colleges. However, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has denied regularisation to more than 1,440 contract employees who have been serving in 12 state universities for many years.
Assistant professors from these universities staged a protest at Osmania University’s Arts College to express their discontent with the government’s decision to deny them regularisation. Dr. Dharma Teja, president of the Telangana All Universities Contract Teachers (TAUCT)-Joint Action Committee (JAC), stated that among the 1,440 contract employees, approximately 330 contract assistant professors are stationed at Osmania University.
These educators, many of whom hold PhDs and possess over 15 years of teaching experience, have been demanding immediate regularisation through their protests. Teja emphasized that they had actively participated in the statehood movement and urged the Chief Minister to reconsider their request.
If their demands continue to go unaddressed, they plan to escalate their protest and seek support from non-teaching staff, government professors, and students. S. Sravanthi, an assistant professor at Nizam College’s Department of Informatics, expressed hope that Chief Minister KCR would make a favorable decision soon, as they have been waiting for several months for the state government to initiate the regularisation process.
Dr. M. Rameshwar Rao, an assistant professor in the OU commerce department, reminded that the Chief Minister had previously promised to regularise the services of all professors working across the state’s universities in 2015. Dr. G. Venkateshwarlu, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at OU, stressed the importance of the state government addressing issues related to all contract employees promptly, especially given that first and second-year classes for all PG students have already commenced. He also highlighted that students supporting their cause, and regularisation would not impose a significant burden on the state government in Telangana.