The Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) held a meeting with vice-chancellor AK Grover to discuss long pending issues of teachers on Wednesday.
PUTA leadership headed by president Rajat Sandhir urged the V-C for implementation of child care leave (CCL) for women. Though the scheme was approved by the syndicate in the last meeting, the members had objected to the language used in drafting the policy for which dean university instructions (DUI) was authorised to make required changes.
Grover assured the delegation for implementing the scheme at earliest after making the required changes.
Last year, the vice-chancellor had set up a nine-member committee under the chairmanship of DUI AK Bhandari for implementation of the scheme. The committee had framed the rules.
As per draft norms, CCL, not a right, will be granted only for the first two living children and the applicants are required to submit the application asking for it, at least one month in advance. The varsity has also decided to give priority in granting the leave to employees having children below four years of age and those having children with chronic illness. The medical condition of the child must be duly certified by the chief medical officer at the PU health centre. Single women living with their children and having no family support will also be given priority.
In the recent past, the PUTA has been at loggerheads with the PU authorities over the implementation of the scheme.
The PUTA delegation also took up the issue of providing increments to faculty members who have completed their PhD while in service as mandated by the UGC guidelines.
The varsity has been dragging its feet over the issue for four years. According to these guidelines, adopted by the university in 2010, teachers who complete their PhD while in service shall be entitled to three non-compounded increments, 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, etc.
The university has not extended the benefit since 2011, thus depriving 100-odd faculty members of their dues and recognition.
The other issued discussed included promotion in dental college, renovation of residential accommodation of teachers and implementation of senior professorship.