Panjab University teachers appear to be shrugging off responsibilities of paper-setting, evaluation and re-evaluation owing to "meagre" remuneration paid to perform such duties.
The university, arguably the most financially sound varsity in the region, is a poor paymaster when it comes to paying teachers for such jobs as compared to neighbouring universities.
With teachers not showing much interest in taking part in the process of evaluation papers, the varsity has failed to declare results in time on many occasions in the past.
Teachers get Rs 11.80 for checking one paper of under- graduate classes and Rs 13.80 for post-graduate classes from Panjab University.
For paper-setting, PU gives Rs 566 for a set of two question papers for under-graduate classes and Rs 366 for post-graduate level. Even out of this, the varsity deducts 5% amount in the name of maintenance of varsity guesthouses on the campus and at other stations.
In contrast, Kurukshetra University gives Rs 1,200 for setting paper in one subject and Rs 10 for evaluating one answer-sheet.
Similarly, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has fixed Rs 1,000 and Rs 14 for paper-setting and checking, respectively.
Punjabi University, Patiala, shell out Rs 10 and Rs 12 for checking papers of under-graduate and post-graduate classes, respectively. Rs 550 is given for preparing one set of papers.
Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) has written a letter to the registrar and demanded that remunerations for invigilation, paper-setting, evaluation and re-evaluation for varsity teachers be doubled.
Aware of the situation, registrar and controller of examination Prof AK Bhandari said that they planned to considerably increase the existing fees. "The matter will be take up in the coming syndicate meeting," he said.