Teachers of Panjab University (PU) and colleges observed a one-day strike on Friday against the Union government’s failure to constitute a pay review committee for teachers under the seventh pay commission.
Addressing a rally at Panjab University Arts Block-1 on Friday, Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) president Prof Rajat Sandhir welcomed the teachers from Rupnagar, SAS Nagar and Chandigarh colleges. Prof Sandhir demanded immediate appointment of the University Grants Commission (UGC) pay review committee under the seventh pay commission.
General secretary of the Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (PFUCTO) Dr Jagwant Singh elaborated the reasons for the nationwide protest. He said while the tenure of the pay commission was about to expire and it is expected to submit the report by month-end, the pay review committee for universities and college teachers had not been constituted. Even the anomalies of the sixth pay commission have not been removed despite the statutory anomaly committee submitting the report two years ago. He said while the reports submitted by various committees were awaiting decision, another committee headed by Prof Arun Nigvekar had been appointed to submit the report within two months.
Speaking on the behalf of teachers of government colleges of Punjab, Gurjant Singh said the Government College Teachers’ Association (GCTA), Punjab, had been in the forefront of the teachers’ movement and would continue to play its role in future also.
The rally was also addressed by former PUTA presidents Prof Manjit Singh, Prof Akshaya Kumar and Prof Devinder Singh, who urged the teachers to actively take interest in the movement as well as larger issues of education and society.