Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has made it
compulsory for teachers in government aided and
non-agriculture colleges to declare their assets every year.
The initiative comes in the wake of Bombay High Court`s
remarks that teachers spending more time in private coaching
classes rather than at colleges, affecting the quality of
"We have already issued the orders in this regard
respecting the judgement of the High Court and the process of
assets declaration has started by the respective institutes,"
Higher and Technical Education Minister, Rajesh Tope said.
The teachers have been asked to give in written the
details of the movable and immovable property owned by them at
the beginning of every academic year. They will also have to
mention other income sources if any, the government order
"The policy would prevent government teachers from
teaching in private coaching classes and ensure they spend
most of their time in colleges," an official from the Higher
and Technical Education Department said.
The judgement mentions reason to declare assets as "the
government should ensure that the teachers devote their full
time for education, research, training art and literature and
that they do not engage themselves in any other vocation or
source of earning while in service."
The department would soon take review of the order
issued by it and check if all the colleges and institutes have
taken the declaration from the teachers, the official said.