After 44 days, college teachers in the state called off their strike after they reached an agreement with the state government.
Classes will resume from Thursday. The decision to call off the strike was announced by the teachers’ association and Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday night.
The teachers’ demands for salary as per the composite University Grants Commission (UGC) scheme under the Sixth Pay Commission has been met partly. The rest is as per the state regulations.
For example, the dearness allowance will be as per UGC guidelines, but others will be according to state norms.
The teachers’ also demanded reversal of what they described as wrongful implementation of eligibility criteria (NET/SLET) retrospectively on 10,000 teachers appointed prior to December 1999.
The state, however, has not agreed to this demand.
Tope said that a separate committee would be set up to deal with every individual case and apply to the UGC. He also promised not to cut salaries if they completed the scheduled syllabus during vacations.
Teachers from junior and degree colleges had started the cease work since July 14 demanding implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.
The strike was called by the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation was further intensified with support from the University of Mumbai Academic Staff Association.
The association, comprising post-graduate teachers, withdrew their support to the strike on Tuesday and resumed duty the next day.