Demanding a proper seniority policy, a delegation of professors from government colleges met Punjab higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on Wednesday.
The government has promoted 63 associate professors to professors on January 22 last year but since then they have not been given any benefits including an pay increment and seniority over associate and assistant professors.
Bikramjeet Singh Virk, president of Punjab Government College Professors Association (PGCPA) alleged that inspite of clarifications by the University Grants Commission the department of higher education is trying to mould the situation in favour of non-eligible candidates to promote them as principals in government colleges of the state.
PGCPA is demanding the state government to create three separate cadres in colleges for professors, associate professors and assistant professors respectively and issue separate seniority lists for each of them.
"As per the UGC regulations issued in 2010 it is mandatory for institutions of higher learning to appoint principals in the colleges who are PhDs with a minimum experience of 15 years in teaching, but the department is trying to fit favoured candidates against the 20 available vacancies," he said.
Ashwani Bhalla, general secretary of the association said that the minister has assured the delegation that proper rules will be followed and seniority will be taken into consideration while appointing principals.