GUWAHATI, July 20 – The State Assembly today passed the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialization of Services) Bill 2011, paving the way for regularization of services of 95,000 school teachers in 16,000 schools.
The House, however, effected an amendment in the provision for qualification vis-à-vis tenure of the employees by reducing the number of years to 10 from the original 12 mentioned in the Bill.
Now, the services of all the teaching and non-teaching employees of venture institutions set up prior to January 1, 2006, and who have completed 10 years of service in the venture instructions would be prvincialized. Participating in the debate on the Bill, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma sought to allay apprehensions regarding infrastructure development in the schools and said that all along the policy of provincialization had been about services of the teaching and non-teaching employees of the institutions and once their services were regularized, the schools would automatically get all the required assistance for infrastructure development.
“The administration, management and control of all provincialized institutions coming within the purview of the Act would be vested in the State Government,” Sarma said.
He said that except schools that were hundred years or more in age, all the existing prvincialized schools were provincialized in that manner.
He said the teachers concerned working in the venture instructions would have to obtain the required qualifications within five years.