The joint action committee of grant-in-aid colleges has decided to defer its proposed dharnas in Patiala, Ludhiana and Jalandhar on January 9, January 20 and January 29 respectively, after meeting higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra and secretary higher education Roshan Sunkaria.
The committee members demanded the release of grants for teaching and non-teaching staff, restoration of house rent and medical allowance, release of arrears of non-teaching staff and filling vacant posts during their meeting with the minister.
The delegation comprised BB Sharma, principal DAV College, Jalandhar, and president of the principals’ federation; Naresh Kumar Dhiman (vice president), Sarita Verma (secretary) and principal BD Arya Girls College, Jalandhar, among others.
BB Sharma said the minister gave a patient hearing to them and told that serious efforts are being made for the release of grants to college employees.
“The secretary higher education said arrears of the non-teaching staff will be disbursed very soon. He also said he has already directed the officials concerned to look into the matter of restoration of house rent and medical allowance. As far as filling vacant posts of teaching staff is concerned, he requested the principals to send their proposals according to the policy of DPI colleges as soon as possible and seek approval to follow the process to fill the posts through advertisement,” said Naresh Dhiman.
Dhiman added that the minister assured that the filling posts of the non-teaching staff was also in the process.
“They said the revised grade which is to be given to the non-teaching staff members from December 1, 2011, will also be considered sympathetically keeping in view the parity with government colleges,” Dhiman said, adding that due to state government assurance they would withhold the dharnas.