Panjab University (PU) has constituted a committee to resolve the long pending issue of providing increments to faculty members who have completed their PhD while in service.
The provision is mandated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.
The committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of the PU registrar which comprises two syndicate members, finance development officer, auditor and Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) president.
The university has been dragging its feet over the issue for past four years.
Dean university instructions (DUI) Prof AK Bhandari said that the committee was looking into all the aspects and would clinch the issue in favour of teachers at earliest.
According to UGC guidelines, adopted by the university in 2010, teachers who complete their PhD while in service shall be entitled to three non-compounded increments.
This will be only if such PhD is in the relevant discipline and has been awarded by a university complying with the process prescribed by the UGC for enrolment, course-work and evaluation.
The university has not extended the benefit since 2011 thus depriving 100 faculty members of their dues and recognition on the grounds of objections by the audit department.
The department’s objection was that the university senate had not granted any approval for giving the increments.
Over the past few years, PUTA has received several complaints from faculty members, requesting them to take up the issue with the authorities.
PUTA president Rajat Sandhir said all benefits provided to the teachers under the UGC guidelines should be uniformly given to all, at the earliest.