With Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) elections barely two months away, the teachers’ body politics has started hotting up.
Former PUTA president, Mohammed Khaled wrote to the current PUTA president, Devinder Singh, on Saturday and asked him to take up various teacher related issues including that of increasing retirement age from 60 to 65 with the ministry of human resource development.
“During the last one year, perhaps PUTA leadership forgot, but it must be reminded that it should write to MHRD for approval of the regulations pending with it, which had been duly approved by the University regulatory bodies, especially the regulations pertaining to the enhancement of retirement age in Panjab University from 60 to 65,” Khaled has written in his letter to the PUTA president.
PUTA executive in its meeting on Friday had announced that it would take up the matter of Academic Performance Index(API) score with the central government and write a letter to HRD minister, protesting capping of API score for the university teachers in their promotions.
Devinder Singh, when contacted termed Khaled’s move as a political gimmick. “I have already taken up the matter of increase in retirement age with HRD ministry and will follow it up in the coming days. We are even planning a visit by HRD minister to Chandigarh, where he can address all the matters,” Singh said.