After the re-employed teachers, now the serving teachers of Punjabi University have condemned the Punjab hovernment for trying to subvert the autonomy of the university and demanded that the retirement age of all teachers should be 65 years according to the University grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.
A meeting of the conveners of various teaching groups, working in the university, was held on the campus and teachers blamed the Punjab government for financial mess in the university.
“Punjabi university is in the grip of a severe financial crisis due to wrong policies of the Punjab government. There is a real threat to the existence of the university. They demanded that 100% grant should be restored immediately with retrospective effect, when it was reduced. To bring out the university from the crisis, a financial package should be immediately released and permanent arrangements be made to restore the financial health of university,” read the press release issued under joint signatures of various teaching unions.
Dr Ran Singh Dhaliwal, Dr Surjeet Singh, Dr Satnam Singh Sandhu, Dr Gurmukh Singh, Dr Varinder Kaushik, Dr Kulveer Singh Dhillon, Dr Gurpreet Singh Brar and Baldev Singh Cheema are signatories of the joint statement issued to the press.
Some officials of the state finance department have been trying to belittle and erode the autonomy of the university by putting some illegitimate conditions to release grant as an ‘arm-twisting device’. Such letters/conditions should be immediately withdrawn and the autonomous status should be restored and respected in future, said teachers.
They demanded that all teachers to be appointed in future should be given full UGC scales from the day of their recruitment. The Punjab government’s order of not giving them full salary was against the ruling of the Supreme Court of India of ‘equal work equal pay’.This order should be withdrawn with immediate effect.
The teachers also demanded elections to the bodies of teachers, employees and students should be immediately held so that the democratic status is restored on the university campus.
“An impartial inquiry should be held into the financial and administrative irregularities committed by various officers in the past decade and rules and regulations should be respected in the future’, said teachers, demanding a probe against officials of the university.