Now, Panjab University students to pay Rs 1,940 under teachers’ retirement benefit fund
This has been corroborated by the Panjab University (PU) annexure.punjab Updated: Jul 23, 2017 14:31 IST
Under the head of ‘retirement benefit fund’ undergraduate students in the affiliated colleges of Panjab University (PU) have been asked to pay Rs 1,940 for session 2017-18, says the fresh circular issued by the dean college development council (DCDC) on the fee/fund/ charges of undergraduate classes of the affiliated colleges.
This has been corroborated by the Panjab University (PU) annexure. Student organisations at the Panjab University plans to hold a protest against the authorities on Monday.
Sources from the PU said this subhead has been there since 2004-2005 session, when it had started with an amount of Rs 400-500 per student. Contributory provident fund (CPF) on total salary, leave encashment and gratuity were the three expenses for which the fund was to be used for the retiring staff.
Sources said this fund was revised in the session 2010-11 during the time when Keshav Malhotra was the associate dean colleges. The fund under the head of retirement benefit was increased to Rs 1,500.
This was meant only for the non-government colleges since the liabilities of the government colleges were met by the state government.
This system of charging students under the retirement benefit head, was implemented after approximately 300 teachers had filed retirement cases in the court since the colleges had failed to give them those benefits after their retirement.
Jagwant Singh, president of the Punjab and Chandigarh college teachers union (PCCTU) said, “There was a rider along with this system that separate accounts will be maintained by each of the college to collect this fund for the teachers’ benefits. However, most institutions are not even following the regulations.”
He added, “Had the periodical instructions been carried out, assessments could have been made to see if the fund raised is adequate, more than required or less than required. Since this fund was earmarked for a specific purpose, why has there been no inspection or analysis to check if colleges are following the norms.”
Jagwant had even written to the vice-chancellor as a senator to at least have a periodic inspection in the colleges after every four years but so far it hasn’t been done.
PU registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) however said, “This is not applicable for PU campus students. This is not a new fund head created by PU in recent times but every year repeat circular is sent by the office of DCDC. It's applicable to only non-government colleges. This fee was approved by PU for affiliated colleges, which was to be kept aside by the colleges to meet liabilities of retirement benefits of teachers,” said Col GS Chadha (retd).
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