Teaching faculty of Guru Nanak Dev University, at loggerheads with vice-chancellor AS Brar, has now decided to launch an intensive academic battle against the "rotting system" and "biased approach" of the varsity authorities.
This was decided at an executive committee meeting of Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers' Association (GNDUTA) on Monday.
In the first leg of the struggle, the executive decided to hold a protest march on the campus from Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm.
Faculty members will take out a demonstration across all departments. They will be apprised of the next course of the agitation after March 30.
Referring to the functioning of the V-C, the release said the illegal rejection of teachers for promotion, the illegitimate change in the eligibility dates for promotion, the dictatorial decision to enhance class strength to an unwarranted number of 100, the undue compromises with the annual performance indicator (API) scorecard and denial of basic amenities and facilities like study leave, WiFi facilities and border area allowance to teachers of regional campuses were pointers to the style of functioning of the V-C.
Then there are issues of denial of increments to PhD and MPhil faculty at the time of appointment, the impending uncertainty over the promotion policy of teachers governed by AICTE rules, the insecure environment on the campus, denial of the consideration of previous and ad hoc services of teachers, especially those from colleges and the indefensible turns and U-turns with regard to the Punjabi language decision, which provide ample evidence of the inequitable administrative means being resorted to, the GNDUTA pointed out.
"The overdue arrears of the teachers have been denied on the pretext of financial strain on the university. If this is so, by what measure is the heavy and undue investment on the Sultanpur Lodhi campus justified?" asked GNDUTA president Prof Balwinder Singh.
"The man (V-C) with the names of premier institutions of the country in his resume has failed miserably to feel for the interest of his colleagues and academics," said Balwinder.