Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof Arun K Grover has formed a fresh committee to consider the case of assistant professors, who had done PhDs without following the registration process, course work and external evaluation as prescribed by the UGC Regulations of 2010, and are still waiting for five non-compounded increments.
More than 100 faculty members fall in this bracket.
Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) president prof Rajat Sandhir; dean, university instructions prof AK Bhandari; registrar Colonel GS Chadha (retd); finance and development officer CA Vikram Nayyar and resident audit officer are part of the committee, which was formed on Monday.
They will deliberate on the basis by which Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, had granted increments to all kinds of assistant professors who had done PhDs before or after the UGC regulations of 2010.
A judgment of Kerala high court will be deliberated upon in this regard.
PUTA president Rajat Sandhir said, “More than 100 teachers are affected by this. PUTA is making all efforts to resolve the issue, which has been pending for more than three years. The GNDU example and Kerala high court judgment would be help resolving the issue. Vice-chancellor too is supporting us.”
Meanwhile, in the last meeting held on March 31, the benefit of five increments couldn’t be given to those who have done PhDs before the UGC regulations of 2010, after an objection by the audit.
Those who have done PhDs before joining the university as per UGC regulations of 2010 involving due process of admission, registration, course work and external evaluation have been granted five non-compounded increments, while those teachers who have done PhD while in service have also been allowed three increments. But, only a few teachers are fall in this category.
The minutes of meeting of March 31 read, “However, he (resident audit officer) said that the Senate decision has not clearly mentioned about admissibility of 5/3 increments at entry level/while in service to those teachers who have done PhD without following the process of registration, course work and external evaluation as prescribed by UGC Regulations, 2010.”
Meanwhile, a list of teachers who are covered and not covered under UGC regulations 2010 will be prepared as per the minutes of meeting.
It was also decided that necessary clarification will be taken from UGC about those teachers who are not covered under the guidelines.
Over the past few years, the PUTA has received several complaints from faculty members, requesting them to take up the issue.
They are disappointed as their counterparts are getting higher salaries in GNDU.
in the pipeline
A list of teachers who are covered and not covered under UGC regulations 2010 will be prepared as per the minutes of meeting. It was also decided that necessary clarification will be taken from UGC about those teachers who are not covered under the guidelines.