Chandigarh: Hearing a petition filed by Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Sirsa, the High Court of Punjab and Haryana has issued notice to Principal Secretary of Education department, Director of Higher Secondary Education department and Haryana Lok Seva Aayog.

Petitioner’s advocate Jagbir Singh argued that regular lecturers should be recruited for all the vacant posts in different colleges instead of appointing guest lecturers.

The advocate argued that at present nearly 500 guest lecturers, appointed by the state government in 2007, are taking classes in Haryana colleges.

He further put forth that “Government of Haryana in 2007 had issued an order to hire guest lecturers for students.” Citing Supreme Court’s verdict, the petitioner alleged guests lecturers are appointed for a period of six months only.

He also asserted “The Haryana government is planning to regularize all guest lecturers and all these appointments were done by the heads of colleges without any prior advertisements or tests.”

Earlier, the Apex Court had said that backdoor entries and appointing lecturers without any advertisements are against the democratic procedures.

Petitioner through his advocate said, “Earlier, the Apex Court and the High Court had slammed Haryana government over the recruitment of guest teachers in state schools.”

However, the High Court at that time imposing a ban on the appointment of guest teachers till March 31 2012, ordered state government to recruit teachers on a regular basis. The petitioner asked the court to issue an order to government to replace guest lecturers with lecturers on a regular basis.

After listening to the argument of petitioner’s advocate, the High Court sought for an answer from Principal Secretary of Education department, Director of Higher Secondary Education department and Haryana Lok Seva Aayog.

(JPN/Bureau)