With university elections slated for next month, the serving president, Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA), Devinder Singh has sounded poll bugle. In a mail sent to faculty members on Thursday morning, he has listed around 30 issues and work done by PUTA to address them in the past one year. Singh had defeated Khaled Mohammed in the PUTA elections held in August 2014.
In his email to the faculty members, Singh claimed that promotions of teachers had been going on smoothly and 2nd API amendment by UGC did not affect the promotions of teachers in PU. He also claimed that he initiated awarding teachers who contributed in taking the university to new heights.
Singh mentioned that after a long period, the university was engaging in faculty recruitment at the assistant professor level and template for higher level had been finalized. The current PUTA also took credit for the university’s decision regarding rotation of headship, opening of childcare leave issue and claimed that steps were being taken to ensure re-employment of teachers up to the age of 65.
He gave the current team credit for amending the constitution and adding one more seat in group-III and raising its number to 4 as in the group I and II and also the increase in financial aid to university teachers for attending conferences, seminars etc.