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Autonomy: GCTI staff caught in Catch-22 situation

THE ORDER of the State Government to grant autonomy to the Government Central Textile Institute (GCTI) has made the teaching and the non-teaching staff members a happy lot as it fulfilled their long-cherished dream of autonomy for which, they had been fighting for the past several years. But they have apprehensions of losing certain service benefits.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 00:34 IST

THE ORDER of the State Government to grant autonomy to the Government Central Textile Institute (GCTI) has made the teaching and the non-teaching staff members a happy lot as it fulfilled their long-cherished dream of autonomy for which, they had been fighting for the past several years. But they have apprehensions of losing certain service benefits.

According to the government order, the name of the institute would be changed to ‘Uttar Pradesh Textile Institute’ and the employees would have to opt whether they wanted to be a government employee or employees of the UPTI, an autonomous body.

At present, the employees are in a fix about the choice and are seeking legal assistance in connection with their service transfer.

The order has made it clear that those who opted to be government servants, their services would be governed by the Directorate of Technical Education and they would be treated as being on deputation to the UPTI.

The terms and conditions of their service would not be affected and they would not be transferred to other government departments.

On the other hand, those who opted to be employees of the Uttar Pradesh Textile Institute, their service conditions would be governed by the rules of the autonomous institute and they would not get benefits of government service.

The scheme has perturbed many employees. Considering the benefits of service under an autonomous body, a large number of employees preferred to opt for the UPTI. But at the same time, they are afraid of losing their benefits.

According to them, many employees of the Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture and Technology University (CSA) suffered a loss by opting to be aligned to the University. Even today, many have not been able to get actual increments, which they would have received as employees of the State Government.

Autonomous status was awarded to the Government Central Textile Institute to get the grant of Rs 5 crore from the World Bank, under the technical education improvement programme.

The laws of the World Bank did not allow fiscal assistance to an institute, which was not autonomous.

Under the new scheme a 15-member Board of management would be constituted to look after the administration of the institute.

A fresh post of Registrar would be created in the institute and the Director of the Institute would be empowered to make appointments of teachers and other employees.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 00:34 IST