With a Panjab University committee scheduled to take a call on the demand of college professors to be inducted as ex-officio members of the faculties as well as the academic council meeting on Friday (December 5), the college professors as well as members of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) held separate meetings on Thursday.
Professors of affiliated colleges of PU expressed their resentment over the Panjab University Teachers Association’s (PUTA’s) decision to oppose the proposed amendment in PU calendar to include college professors as ex-officio members in academic councils and faculties of the university on the grounds that it would be detrimental to the academic culture on campus and would result in interference in university functioning.
On the other hand, PUTA has demanded more representation in the committee that is to take the decision.
Terming the committee as lopsided, PUTA demanded that it should have more members of PUTA executive.
The members felt that the current regulations are heavily loaded in favour of college teachers and if the amendments were to made, many clauses would need to be reviewed.
However, a member of the college professor’s body from Punjab, Dr Pardeep Singh Walia, said professors in colleges were highly qualified with research experience. Of 65 designated professors, 28 were working in colleges affiliated with PU, he claimed.
The college professors put on record their gratitude to the University Fellow and syndicate member Dr Dalip Kumar and Fellow Dr Mukesh Arora who mooted the resolution to amend the Panjab University Calendar.
PUTA president Rajat Sandhir said that the proposed amendment is bound to create an imbalance in university bodies.
Professor Akshaya Kumar, a PUTA member, said: “The university professors require almost more than double API score than the college teachers at every stage of promotion. This in itself makes it evident that academic performance is more important in case of university professors than in case of college teachers.” There are a total of 11 faculties in the varsity.