LAHORE:23 June: The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) is once again looking to hire College Teaching Interns (CTIs). The aim is to meet teaching requirements at public colleges of the province for the upcoming academic year. Along with the hiring of the CTIs, the department is also looking to fill vacant positions of men and women lecturers. To this end, the HED formed a committee which would look into the requirement for each public college of the province. The department also sent a letter to the relevant office in this regard. “The competent authority is pleased to form the following committee to hire CTIs for the next academic year against vacant posts in Punjab on regular basis.” According to the letter, the committee included a representative of the HED, a director of education (colleges) and a deputy director (colleges). No promotion for college teachers without training The department, in the letter, said the committee would present its findings to the department after identifying the requirements for college-wise recruitment needs of CTIs in the province and subjects where regular lecturers (male and female) were required. The committee had also been tasked with proposing the conversion of redundant subjects. That means it would identify subjects for which a lecturer was no longer needed and propose an alternative subject teacher in that place. The CTI programme aims to compensate for the lack of staff in colleges across the province. According to the rules of hiring interns by HED, the interns were temporarily hired for an academic session or until he or she was replaced by a full-time appointee at the college. For the duration of the internship, the CTI is paid Rs30,000 per month. The HED had earlier started the hiring process of lecturers for public colleges in Punjab. The department made appointments and postings of around 519 male and female lecturers against vacant posts in public colleges of the province. These were for various subjects, including mathematics, chemistry, botany, zoology, physics, Islamiyat, Urdu and biology. Out of the total, appointments of 206 lecturers were made in different colleges of the province.Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2018.