The Panjab University has finally decided to extend the benefit of pay protection to teachers coming from private institutes not affiliated to the varsity, putting an end to discrimination faced by them.
As of now, the varsity allows pay protection to employees coming from private colleges affiliated to PU only, while employees working in colleges affiliated to other universities are not given the benefit of pay protection.Those deprived of the benefit have been at loggerheads with the PU authorities over the issue.
Considering their long-pending demand, PU vice-chancellor Prof AK Grover constituted a committee under dean, university instructions, Prof AK Bhandari, which has laid down new rules for pay protection of its employees who had been teaching earlier in other institutes. The rules will be tabled in the forthcoming syndicate meeting on May 31 for approval.
The committee members had a unanimous view that there should be no discrimination and recommended that if a teacher works in a private institution, the pay shall be protected only if such institution was duly recognised by the UGC or any other regulatory body and was drawing the salary on the pattern of pay structure of UGC, central or the state governments.
Col GS Chadha (retd), registrar, said, “We want to attract best of talents and there has to be no discrimination while protecting their pay.” “It is a welcome decision. It is a fundamental right of teachers. It should be given irrespective of where he is coming from,” said Prof Rajat Sandhir, president Panjab University Teachers Association.
PU was earlier following the Punjab government rules with regard to pay protection. Then a judgment came in 2014 from the Punjab and Haryana HC, which interpreted the Punjab government rules saying the circular on pay protection applies to employees who were working in various departments, autonomous bodies of the Punjab government, so those who coming from other government institutions, organisational bodies not under the Punjab government, would not be covered for pay protection. After this, the resident audit officer also flagged the issue.
But the PU panel ruled that it is an inter-state body corporate and not a state varsity and therefore, it would not be proper to deny pay protection to employees coming from central or other state government departments, institutions or organisational bodies.