Demanding regularisation of their jobs, scores of non-teaching employees working in various self-finance departments at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) began their “series-wise” protest from Monday.
The protesting employees fear that their regularisation may defer further once the current vice chancellor demits office after August 15. There are as many as 253 such employees at the university.
The employees on Monday came to work sporting black armbands and staged a protest outside Takshila campus (university teaching department) main gate for two hours before they resumed their routine work.
The Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Self-Finance (non-teaching) Employees Association members said that the issue of regularisation is already delayed by one year and it will push further when vice chancellor Prof Dhirendra Pal Singh steps down.
“Once Prof DP Singh steps down, an acting vice chancellor will assume office, and he/she may not take any major policy decision,” the employees contended.
Prof Dhirendra Pal Singh was recently appointed as director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and he is like to step down from V-C’s post after August 15. The process to appoint a new V-C may take six months or even more.
To press for their demand, the association members have decided to launch protest in a phase-wise manner.
On Tuesday the employees will take out a rally from Nalanda campus (administrative campus) to Takshila campus (university teaching department) and if their demand was not met, they will go on an indefinite strike from August 14.
“We are going to start our protest in a series-wise manner. Today (Monday), we worked sporting black armbands and staged a two-hour protest. If the DAVV does not fulfill our demands and give a date for our regularisation, we will go on an indefinite strike from August 14,” said Gajendra Parmar, general secretary of the Association.
The state government last year sanctioned 253 posts directing the university to fill them giving preference to the contractual employees already working in the departments. Even after employing them, the university did not properly assigned them roles, they alleged.
The strike is likely to cripple the university’s functioning and may increase problems of students.