The Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers' Association (GNDUTA) called off their 13-day old relay hunger strike here on Wednesday as the state government transferred Rs 24 crore to the varsity to be paid as arrears to faculties of GNDU and affiliated regional campuses and constituent colleges.
Announcing this to the media, GNDUTA president Prof Davinder Singh and secretary Prof Lakhwinder Singh said, "It is a victory for the teachers of the university and its affiliated institutions."
However they made it clear that payment of arrears was one of their many demands, which had been met.
However, the struggle against the "autocratic functioning" of vice chancellor AS Brar would continue, they asserted while thanking chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for the release of arrears.
The two leaders along with Dr Amarjit Singh Soodan, Dr NPS Saini and Dr Viney Kapoor had met the chief minister on Tuesday at Chandigarh and urged him to release the arrears. Taking note of V-C's reported claim that the arrears were released due to his efforts, Prof Davinder and Prof Lakhwinder said, "It is a travesty of truth. Even though everybody is wise enough to read through the hollowness of his claims, it is pertinent to recall that all the moves of the university towards the release of the pay arrears were triggered by our threat and ultimate actualisation of the hunger strike."
The GNDUTA delegation told Badal about the alleged tampering with dates of eligibility of certain teachers as well as cases wherein teachers were denied promotions or terminated illegally.
"The CM asked the chief secretary to look into the tampering with the selection process and denial of promotion or termination of services of teachers," claimed prof Davinder.