Panjab University (PU) seems to be adopting a "pick-and-choose" policy while extending the benefit of pay protection to new faculty members joining the varsity from other institutes.
There are instances where the varsity has adopted different yardsticks for considering the last pay drawn by people coming from the same institute, while fixing their salaries at PU.
In one such case, Ajay Ranga joined the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), PU, in August 2008 as assistant professor, after serving in Rayat and Bahra College for three years. The authorities refused to extend him pay protection stating, "In case of persons, who join PU from private educational institutes, the pay drawn by them in their previous employment not be protected. However, if the selection committee keeping in view various issues like experience, higher qualification, research work, existing status and salary structure of the department concerned, should make specific recommendations with regards to the protection/fixation of pay of candidate."
On the contrary, an employee of the marketing division at Rayat and Bahra College, who had no teaching experience, joined the university in December 2008 as a faculty member and was given pay protection, although the selection committee had not made any recommendation for the same.
When Ranga protested, the varsity formed a three-member committee, comprising senate member Ashok Goyal, dean college development council (DCDC) professor Naval Kishore and dean arts faculty professor BS Ghuman, to look into the case.
However, even after three months, the committee has failed to reach any conclusion.
Calling for uniformity in giving pay protection, Ajay Ranga said everyone joining the varsity should be given the benefit without any biases.
Mohammed Khalid, secretary of Panjab University Teachers' Association (PUTA), said the authorities were depriving new faculty members of financial and other benefits by not considering the last pay drawn.
The PUTA secretary said, "The pick-and-choose policy has become a norm in the varsity. Not extending benefits to one individual, which are given to others in the same category, is unfair and uncalled for."
When contacted, varisty registrar professor AK Bhandari said pay protection was given to all faculty members coming from PU's affiliated colleges. However, in cases of people coming from private colleges, the benefit is given on the basis of the recommendations of the selection committee, he said.
When asked about the alleged 'pick-and-choose' policy, Bhandari said the authorities would look into the matter to make sure that no one was deprived of their right.