The Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising the Federation of Principals of Non-Government Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union and Private Colleges' Non-Teaching Employees' Union has decided to boycott the forthcoming semester exams on any two days between May 15 to 22. The teachers have not been paid their salaries in 15 months.
Speaking on behalf of the Joint action Committee Dr Jagwant Singh, vice-president, PCCTU, said the exact dates of boycott would be announced on May 11 at Jalandhar after going through the datesheets.
Talking to HT, the controller of examination Parvinder Singh said, "I am yet to get any official communication regarding the boycott of exams. When we get it, we will discuss and decide about it."
The exams could be postponed if teachers and non-teaching staff went ahead with their boycott call. "There are 126 colleges which are affected in Punjab. The salaries are not been paid to them in 15 months," said Dr Jagwant Singh.
Dr Jagwant said that the Punjab government was forcing them to take painful and unpleasant decisions which tend to adversely affect the students. He said that JAC had boycotted two exams in December, 2014, and January 2015 as well and only then the grants were released. At that time also, salary grants were pending for 15 months and even now the situation is the same.
The last salary grant was released to teachers and other employees in the month of January 2014.
According to JAC, during the intervening period, despite meeting with minister for higher education Surjit Singh Rakhra, none of issues of employees like HRA and medical allowance, extension of date for completion of refresher courses and date of implementation of Academic Performance Indicator (API) were resolved.