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Govt-aided college GLIs get teaching status

Kolkata: The state Higher Education department has granted "Teaching Status" to Graduate Laboratory Instructors (GLI) of government-aided colleges across the state.
The GLIs from now on will be entitled to get a scale of pay equivalent to that of the teachers. They will also enjoy benefits of leave encashment at their superannuation for a maximum period of sixty days.
It may be mentioned that till date, the GLIs of government-aided colleges, though around 150 in number, were considered as 'dying cadre'.
A recent notification by the state Higher Education department, undersigned by its deputy secretary Harisadhan Das, clearly states that the GLIs should be allowed the benefits of leave encashment at their superannuation, death in harness, or otherwise a maximum of 300 days, similar to that of the teachers and non-teaching employees of government-aided colleges.
It may be noted that in January 2017, the state government had increased the retirement age of full-time regular teachers, principals, librarians and graduate laboratory instructors in all state-aided universities and colleges to 62 from 60.
The benefit is applicable for those who are in service on January 1, 20l7, and are scheduled to retire on or after January 31, 2017.
The GLIs have been fighting a legal battle in the Calcutta High Court since when the erstwhile Left front government was in power in Bengal, demanding teaching status. The matter later went to the Supreme Court and the latter had ruled in favour of the GLIs.

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