The Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association (GNDUTA) has issued a warning to vice-chancellor AS Brar to accept their charter of demands, failing which they "will be left with no option but to adopt the path of agitation".
The association has given time to Brar till July 24 for taking up their charter of demands, a copy of which has already been submitted to the VC.
The VC, on his part, said, "I have accepted every demand that is to be accepted. I strictly follow UGC norms and do not flout these or compromise the quality of education".
In a statement issued here on Sunday, GNDUTA secretary Lakhwinder Singh said that since the last meeting held with the VC in February, there has been virtually no communication from the VC with the association. In that meeting, the charter of demands was discussed but till date no concrete results have come forth, he added.
"In fact, there has been no communication with the association from the VC's office. This is the lowest point of indifference towards the teaching faculty and is nothing short of showing disrespect to an elected body", he added.
The GNDUTA office bearer claimed that the non-cooperative attitude of the VC has caused widespread resentment and exasperation among the teachers of the university, of the regional centres and constituent colleges.
"As an elected body, we are accountable to our members and we are ready to do all within our means and capacity to redress the teachers' problems", he added.
The main grouse of the association relates to appointments and promotions of teachers. The association has alleged that the VC has often flouted rules and guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
In this context, GNDUTA president Devinder Singh claimed that the VC had last year agreed to form a modalities committee to work out the rules and modalities for promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) as per UGC guidelines. However, despite repeated reminders no such committee has been constituted and as a result many a time genuine cases for promotion are overlooked, he added.
"We also demanded a review of the cases of promotions where UGC guidelines had been flouted. But again nothing in this respect was done", he added while pointing out that the VC had changed the dates of eligibility of certain candidates which led to their being not being considered.
The GNDUTA president claimed that their demand for appointment of subject experts for considering promotion cases under CAS from the panel recommended by the board of control of the respective departments, has till date not been considered by the VC.
The association claimed that the VC did not follow any rules while giving extension in service to retiring teachers. The association had demanded a uniform 5-year policy for extension in service to all retiring teachers.
OTHER DEMANDS OF GNDUTA
-- Increments for Ph D/M Phil/M Tech to new appointees and serving teachers.
-- Rural/border area allowance and house rent allowance to teachers working in regional centres and constituent colleges.
-- Allowing constituent college teachers to guide research at doctoral level.
-- Exemption from Ph D entrance test to regular teachers.
-- Provision of adequate ministerial and technical staff.
-- Stopping harassment of teachers of constituent colleges
On the other hand, VC Brar said he had accepted those demands that could be accepted. The teachers were informed in detail about these and the university's stand on the remaining demands.
"How can every teacher get a promotion as the association demands. After all, we have to look at the competence of a teacher. Likewise, while giving extension in service, I have to look at the teacher's past record. Uniform extension to all retiring teachers cannot be given", he added.
Brar pointed out that during his tenure, GNDU was the only university of Punjab which had got the status of 'University with Potential for Excellence' from the UGC, under which a special grant of Rs 30 crore was received and another grant is due now.
"There are universities in Punjab which have not been able to pay its staff monthly salary in time. We here pay the salary on the first day of every month. Without increasing the student fee, I have been able to improve the financial position of the university", he claimed.