PUTA meets V-C, takes up issues confronting faculty, varsity depts

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2014 17:39 IST

The Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) on Tuesday set the ball rolling on various issues related to the university and faculty members in a meeting with the vice-chancellor.

PUTA also demanded that more roads be constructed between the north and south campus of Panjab University.

The entire PUTA executive met the V-C in the afternoon and discussed various issues during the meeting.

The issues ranged from regulating traffic, rotation of headship, central status to Panjab University among 15 others items. PUTA president Rajat Sandhir said, “There are some issues which need to be addressed at the higher level. PUTA will take these up with the central government as well.”

“The central university status for PU, implementation of senior professorship, encashment of earned leave at the time of retirement be restored to 300 days besides deferring capping of the API. All these issues were discussed and we have requested the V-C to take it up with the government while we as a faculty body would also be with him and support him,” he added.
However, a large number of issues the PUTA took up are linked to day-to-day functioning of the university. PUTA took up issues like implementation of childcare leave without further delay as per the Punjab government notification.

PUTA members demanded that relevant committee should be asked to speed the matter up so that it could be clinched within a definite timeframe.

Another issue taken up by PUTA was related to implementation of career advancement scheme. It claimed that the promotion policy for their colleagues at the dental institute had yet not been finalised and a policy be formulated and implemented at the earliest.

PUTA is also learnt to have discussed the pending issues such as implementation of rotation of headship in the departments, institutes and centres besides maintaining transparent mechanism to appoint subject experts and inspection teams to colleges under Panjab University.

The teachers’ body also took up the issues of students misbehaving with teachers and demanded that a committee be constituted to immediately respond to situations where any teacher was assaulted or misbehaved with by students. They claimed that in many cases teachers’ complaints went unheard.

It also raised the issue of increasing power capacity, more funds for re-employed teachers and pension scheme for those who have joined after 2004 and demanded that all the circulars and order be put on university website.

About infrastructural issues, PUTA demanded that houses allotted to teachers be renovated and proper care be taken besides building more roads between the north and south campus and filling vacancies at the PU health centre. They were ready to pitch in and cooperate for any proposal from the university to decongest the university campus, PUTA members added.

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