Lectures in some colleges in Mumbai had to be cancelled after approximately 4,000 teachers from Mumbai university and 650 affiliated colleges went on mass casual leave to protest the state’s inaction on their long-pending demands on Monday.
At Ruia College, Matunga, around 80% of professors from aided courses (around 50 professors) went on leave. Around 20 professors from Kirti College, Dadar, too followed suit.
Suhas Pednekar, principal, Ruia College said, “Almost all professors from aided courses were on leave and we had to cancel lectures. However, exams were not affected as professors from self-finance courses were available to invigilate.” Vishnu Magare, principal, Kirti College said,“We made the necessary arrangements to conduct lectures as teachers had given us a notice on Saturday. But several lectures have to be cancelled.” In other aided colleges, three to five professors were on leave, but lectures were not affected.
The Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Union (MFUCTU) had called for the state-wide protest. According to MFUCTU, around 25,000 teachers from 10 universities across the state had gone on mass leave on Monday.
“We are demanding teachers’ salaries for two months that were deducted when we boycotted exam work. Arrears have also not been released,” said Tapati Mukhopadhyay, general secretary, MFUCTU.
“We are also protesting the non-implementation of more than 30 court orders over the NET/SET issue and career advancement scheme. The protest was planned in August, but had to be kept on hold with the elections,” Mukhopadhyay added.
The teachers have even threatened to go on an indefinite cease-work agitation against the state starting December 15, if their demands are not met.