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AICTE – ATAL Workshop on “Advances in Research Support Services in Academic Libraries” at Nava Nalanda Central Library, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology Patiala

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Oct 24

Dear All Professionals,

What Govt. of Maharashtra thinks today, Govt. of West Bengal/ Others thinks tomorrow??!! I don't know why the Governments can not declare the librarian as teacher! In the other countries, like USA, Canada, UK, librarians are treated as teacher / faculty members. In our country, Maharashtra Govt. has already declared the librarians as teacher. Why all the Governments can not do like Maharashtra ?! It is very unfortunate, some of our colleagues do not believe that they are the teachers, they should have the equal opportunity like teachers!!

Here is the declaration of Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2011 for your information:

“teacher” means full-time approved professor, associate professor,
assistant professor, reader, lecturer, Director, Knowledge Resources
Centre, librarian, Principal, Deputy or Assistant Librarian and
Documentation Officer in the university and College Librarian, Director
or Instructor of Physical education in any university department,
conducted, affiliated or autonomous college, autonomous institution or
department or recognized institution in the university;

We should wait for better tomorrow.

Thank you all.

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Dear Mr. Debkumar

You are right. 200% right. But the bottom line is that it appears that it will never be a reality atleast for us in WB. We submitted a memorandum 7 months back specially on this matter to the Honb'le MIC , Education, Govt. of WB but got no response from that side. We had many hopes regarding this to this new govt. Almost faded out.Still we dream for something better from them. But the reality is in WB no body cares for librarians. Even they are considered by the most of the members of the so called teaching community as lesser human being.This is fact that no body wants to reveal . Their policies reflect my views.


Deptt of Higher Education passed notification in 2014 declaring teaching status of Librarians in the colleges and universities and allowed similar CAS benefits leave superannuation and other facilities etc. as you know better. But its still  a long way to go. Some would claim redesignation of Assistant Libs as Asst Professors and so on. That is desirable but is a far cry. College librarians are simply underdesignated. Say, a college Asst Professor is redesignated as Sr Scale, SG, and Assoc Prof on a regular scalable  basis with added AGP. But for a College Librarian this stops only at the designation of SG level. A college Librarian is never redesignated as Assoc. Lib. although some of them would be getting AGP of that post. This is sheer underdesignation. This is an attitude  like '' well I am giving you the pay as you have been nagging and crying for it so far, but you can never write Assoc. because you are actually not well up to the status''. If college librarians = teacher then he/she must undergo the same redesignation standard. So, I think, quite like the universities, in colleges too, the Same Asst(I,II,) SG, Assoc. Librarian nomenclature should replace the existing ad hoc ''Librarian'' designation. Well, if the Govt think about revamping the designation pattern and declare Librarians in both univs and colleges as Asst Prof in Library, (Sr,SG), Assoc Prof in Library and so on, nothing would be a better reason for happiness!

Dear Sir,

We are fighting for the status of Librarian as Teachers at our university , i.e. Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat. It would be  very much helpful to us if we get the photocopy of the document of the act of your state.

Can you pl. mail me the soft copy of Maharshtra Public Universitie Act 2011 which states that librarians should be considered Teachers. 

Thanks & Regards,

Dr. Meeta Rathod


BRCM College of Business Administration,

Surat - 395007.

(Affiliated to VNSGU, Surat)


Valuable and important information 

The forum started 4 years back, but the issue is still current. As in WB the Deptt of Higher Education passed notification in 2014 declaring teaching status of Librarians in the colleges and universities and allowed similar CAS benefits leave superannuation and other facilities etc. This is a good advance but still there is a long way to go.

For your kind information, our state West Bengal has of late included Govt. College Librarians (Govt colleges means colleges run by the higher education deptt of the govt itself and appointments are made through PSC, as compared to Govt aided colleges which are govt undertaking types, where appointments are made through the recommendation of College Service Commission) in the teaching cadre of West Bengal Education service (WBES).  By an act already passed by the state govt.  HEI librarians are now officially defined as teachers. But this inclusion of the govt college librarians in the WBES cadre is another quantum leap in the positive and desirable direction . Because, once librarians are included in the WBES cadres, not only govt gives an indication that there is no difference between a teacher and a librarian in the govt's eye, and also now its looks like obvious that they can be promoted to West Bengal Senior Education Service, enjoy Professor grade scale, and become Principals too and even Joint Directors and Director of Public Instruction in our state. After the instance set by the govt for its own deptt I think there should be no further confusion any where, not in the faculty members of the Aided Colleges, about the teaching status of the Librarians. 

But still I believe that redesignation of Librarians as Asst Profs etc. is desirable, because in my views we are underdesignated and designated without proper scalability and parity with our other teacher colleagues. 

A number of Library Associations including ILA had demanded redesignation from UGC during last PRC, but denied. I do hope that constant demanding will break the path. We need the moral strength and unity for that. 


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