After a state-level protest and boycott of examination on December 15, the members of the Joint Co-Ordination Committee of Non-Government Affiliated Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh are to hold a state-level rally in Amritsar on December 19.
The decision was taken by the members during a meeting held at DAV College, Jalandhar.
Gurdeep Sharma, state convener of joint action committee, and SD College, Hoshiarpur, principal Goswami Ganesh Dutta, said, “A massive rally will be held in Company Bagh in Amritsar district on December 19. In other districts across Punjab and Chandigarh, gate rallies will be held after observing total ‘cease work’ to highlight the anti-education policies of the state government.”
On Monday, higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra released a grant of `32 crore for the 92 private-aided colleges of the state for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2013-14.
However, the members expressed dissatisfaction over the release of grants for just one quarter out of the pending six quarters since May 2013.
Committee member BB Sharma said it was decided that the ongoing agitation would be intensified. He added that the state’s MLAs and MPs will be informed of the delay in release of grants.
Madan Lal Khullar, state president of Private College Non-Teaching Employees’ Union, said the government had not given them a salary hike as per the grade set in December 2011, or arrears since January 2006.
Other demands of the committee include inter-alia lifting of ban on recruitments and filling vacant posts under 95% grant in aid schemes, withdrawal of the decision to curtailing house rent and medical allowances of employees, release of raised pay scale notification of non-teaching employees, restoration of security of service, relaxation in refresher courses as per UGC guidelines, implementation for pension and gratuity.