University students across the state can be relieved with college teachers calling off their boycott of university exams and related work that lasted for 96 days.
Bowing to pressure from the state and intervention by the Bombay high court, the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) submitted an affidavit in court on Friday saying that teachers will start assessing papers and resume exam duties from Saturday.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad had filed a public interest litigation to resolve the strike that began on February 4.
With teachers expected to start assessing answer sheets from Saturday, the University of Mumbai has announced that results are likely to be on time. Higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope said that nearly 60% of the answer sheets of various streams have already been evaluated.
“We are happy that the strike has been called off and request the teachers to expedite the assessment of papers. We will try our best to declare the results on time,” said Naresh Chandra, pro-vice chancellor, University of Mumbai.
Chandra added that the end of the strike will ensure the smooth conduct of the ongoing engineering and other exams.
MFUCTO said it agreed to call off the strike on the condition that the government gives an official explanation on payment of arrears, regularisation of the National Eligibility Test and State Eligibility Test guidelines, and fixation of salaries at Rs 14,940 after five years in selection grade as per the fifth pay commission.
While the government has agreed to release Rs1,500 crore in salary arrears by the end of July (Rs818 crore has already been released ), it has said it will look into the fixation of salaries as per the pay commission, and come up with a resolution to the NET/SET issue in two weeks.
The court has permitted MFUCTO to challenge the government resolution on the standardised tests if they are not satisfied with it.