Teachers of 13 Punjabi University colleges to go on indefinite strike from July 16
The teachers claimed that they have approached the university authorities and the state government, demanding regularisation of their services, but both have failed to pay heed to their pleas.punjab Updated: Jul 16, 2018 14:55 IST
Demanding job regularisation, the teachers employed at 13 constituent colleges affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala, have decided to go on an indefinite strike from July 16.
Teachers, under the banner of Punjabi University Constituent Colleges Teachers’ Association (PUCTA), have decided to boycott all academic work. At least 90 teachers are working in different academic disciplines at these colleges across state, with a salary of Rs 21,600 each.
The PUCTA members held a meeting and decided to protest on their respective college premises from Monday. The constituent colleges are situated at Mansa, Sardulgarh, Bahadurpur, Barnala, Benra (Dhuri), Chuni Kalan, Dhilwan, Ghanaur, Ghudda, Jaito, Miranpur, and Moonak.
PUCTA president Lovdeep Sharma said, “The teachers have approached the university authorities and the state government repeatedly, demanding regularisation of their services, but both have failed to pay heed to their pleas.”
“We were recruited through a proper channel, following the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC). However, when it comes to regularising of our services, the authorities have been citing financial crisis as the main reason for not fulfilling our demand,” Sharma said.
He added that in May, the university authorities promised to look into their demands, but backtracked from their promise as no action has been initiated. “We will lift the protest only after the university authorities agree to meet our demands,” he said.
Another teacher Taranjit Kaur said that the Association members had met vice-chancellor (V-C) Prof BS Ghuman. The members had assured that the teachers are ready to work on basic salary in the probation period, if the authorities agree to regularise their services.
“This would bot have put any added financial burden on the university. But the authorities have not budged,” she said.
A high-level committee has been set up under dean academic affairs Prof G S Batra to look into the demands.
First Published: Jul 16, 2018 13:50 IST