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Nation builders get a raw deal

india Updated: Sep 05, 2009 20:09 IST

As the country celebrated Teachers Day on Saturday, teachers themselves did not have anything to cheer about. From unjustified violence perpetrated by students to baton charge by police -- they had to bear them all.

In a shocking incident in Assam, students punched and kicked teachers inside schools and in one instance they even vandalised school property. Reports suggest that the trend is visible since a week and incidents like this have been witnessed in many parts of Assam.

In one case, students of a school in Guwahati thrashed the headmaster, leaving his face visibly swollen.

In north India, in Lucknow, six part-time teachers were injured in alleged police baton charge when they were demonstrating in front of Uttar Pradesh Assembly demanding regularisation of their service.

Saturday's Teacher's Day was the occasion for about 4,000 faculty members of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)to raise demand for pay hike. They even threatened to go on an indefinite strike to demand for improvement in pay structure.

While in Haryana's Kurukshetra, the university professors demanded implementation of the UGC pay scales announced by the government. The faculty members took out a candle march from the Teachers Club last evening to the Vice Chancellor's residence in support of their demand.