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Teachers' organisation to go on hunger strike

Friday, December 07, 2018
By A Staff Reporter

Demand university looks into problem of delayed promotion

A teachers' organisation has written a letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University Suhas Pednekar, as well as other authorities, asking them to look into the delayed Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) promotion of the teachers in colleges. If this fails to invoke action within 10 days, the organisation – the National Form For Quality Education – has said that its members will go on a hunger strike.

They submitted the memorandum on December 4, requesting them to provide a scrutiny committee to colleges to start CAS procedures within the next 10 days. Applications seeking promotion of teachers for stage 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 in affiliated colleges of Mumbai University are allegedly pending since April this year.

The Teaching Appointment and Affiliation Section (TAAS) is responsible for providing interview/scrutiny committees to concerned colleges after the receipt of application for promotion as per 6.3.1 of UGC Regulation, 2010. All teachers send their CAS proposal through the respective principals to the university. Apparently, there are almost 1000 such applications pending with TAAS section without any action.

UGC regulation allows application before three months of due date without registration fee and ensure disposal within six months of application. The members of National Forum for Quality Education ( NFQE) and All India NET SET teachers Organisation ( AI-NASTO ) have submitted three memorandums with deliberation to the Dy Registrar, Registrar, Pro Vice-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor. The Organisation has appealed to the Governor as well, to intervene in the issue.

Joint Secretary of the forum, Kushal Mude, said, “These so called authorities have not paid least heed towards our memorandum. All they had to do was to give us a panel. Because of the money paid by teachers for the application, there must be around Rs 50 lakh with them by now.

“Teachers are left hanging and we will have a hunger strike if this is not resolved. We have been following up with VC, Pro VC and the registrar from August but these authorities have been ignoring the issue which badly affects the academic career of teachers. Such chaos may decline the NAAC ranking of academic institutions. Charging 4,900 per application from the teachers is also against the UGC regulations,” he added.

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