THE NALANDA premises of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya resonated saw two demonstrations on Friday, one by dissatisfied employees under the banner of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Karmachari (Gair Shikshak Sangh) and the other by National Students Union of India (NSUI) for separate demands.
Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal has written a letter to the State Government seeking directions to meet the demands of employees.
Gair Shikshak Sangh president Suresh Agrawal and general secretary Rakesh Kumar Yadav said that today’s demonstration was the result of failed talks with the V-C, who had disappointed them by excusing himself and putting the onus on the Registrar. The Sangh had submitted a 16-point charter of demands and the demonstrations are in accordance with the intimation issued Thursday.
The employees alleged that the university had been drawing salary from the government since 1991 for 265 Class III and IV employees on muster roll. Surprisingly, the number of such employees was just 110, but still the University had not regularised them.
This is even after the Supreme Court has also ordered regularisation of all such daily-wage employees. Dr Rajkamal, who had earlier distanced himself from the matter by stating that the power for action in this regard lay not with him but with the Registrar, still seemed uncertain over taking a decision.
He said that the posts in the University had been filled by general category people and as per a State Government order the remaining, and those meant for regularisation, will have to be filled with SC/ST/OBC category employees. He wrote to the Higher Education Department on Friday asking for guidance on the matter.
Meanwhile, the employees after holding demonstrations from 10 am to 12 pm, during which time all work came to a standstill, have decided to continue their agitation until their demands were met and would hold more demonstrations on Monday when the University reopens after second Saturday and Sunday holidays.
The activists of National Students Union of India (NSUI) also demonstrated alongside the employees in the morning. NSUI district general secretary Bunti Bhadkare, secretary Vijay Kaithwas and vice-president Sachin Raghuvanshi said that the last date for submitting examination form with late fees for private students be extended.
A demand was also made for changing timing of practical exams to hours when there is electricity or asking the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) to relieve colleges where exams are held from their daily power cut.
Science students and those from rural areas suffer a lot due to these cuts. They also demanded leniency in practical marking on the pattern of dental practical examination.