Shillong, Sept 07, 2018:
The Meghalaya State Cabinet on Friday approved the appointment of lecturers in Tura and Williamnagar Government colleges besides giving a green signal to the proposal for the enhancement of merit scholarship for the upper and lower primary schools in the state.
Informing this after the cabinet meeting here today, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that in respect to approval for appointment of lecturers in Tura and Williamnagar Government Colleges, the government felt the need to immediately fill the seats which were left vacant for a long time.
“We have sent a request to MPSC but the process will take time and we cannot let the colleges run without lecturers. Hence the cabinet has approved the appointment of 16 lecturers in both colleges — 13 in Tura and 3 in Williamnagar college,” informed Rymbui.
Apropos to the proposal of enhancing merit scholarship in the lower and upper primary schools, the Education Minister said the cabinet has approved increasing the merit scholarship from Rs 100 to Rs 6oo in lower primary and from Rs 40 to Rs 600 for upper primary.
“This is a big jump because we have to recognize the merits of the students especially those who appear in the examinations as it will encourage them to pursue their studies. We hope that with this decision, the students will try to improve themselves and quality of education will be improved,” Rymbui said.
Furthermore, the cabinet also decided to increase the age limit for entry into the teaching profession in government-run institutions from primary till college level setting the limit from 27 to 32 years plus 5 years for Scheduled Tribes.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Home Minister James Sangma informed that the cabinet has also considered the recommendations of the High Powered Expert Committee on Meghalaya fifth pay commission.
“Discussion was held and the recommendations of the HPEC has been taken into consideration,” informed James adding that one such recommendation includes examining norms for grant of advance increment for government employees serving under different departments who possess high qualifications from recognized institutions.