Contract teachers of 5 colleges allege stepmotherly treatment

Over 160 assistant professors working on contract basis in five degree colleges alleged step motherly treatment by the college authorities,saying that different pay scales are being given to teachers working in different colleges.

Written by Baninder Rahi | Chandigarh | Published: April 25, 2013 2:17 am

Over 160 assistant professors working on contract basis in five degree colleges alleged step motherly treatment by the college authorities,saying that different pay scales are being given to teachers working in different colleges.

These five degree colleges are the Post Graduate Government College (PGGC),Sector 11,the Post Graduate Government College for Girls (PGCG),Sector 11,the Government College for Girls,Sector 42,the Government College of Commerce and Business Administration,Sector 42 and the Post Graduate Government College (PGCG),Sector 46.

According to the directions issued on September,7,2012 by the office of the Director Higher Education (DHE) office,the colleges are entitled to pay Rs 39,800 as contractual salary per month,but PGGC-11 and PGGC-46 are paying Rs 37,152 while PGGCG-11 and colleges in Sector 42 are paying Rs 35,600 to their teachers.

The Contract Teachers Association of government colleges allege that despite umpteen requests by them,no principal is taking interest in the matter.

Not only this,some of the colleges have departure registers where contract teachers have to sign in before leaving the college premises. In PGGC-11,there were two different registers,one each for permanent faculty and contractual teachers,but permanent teachers do not sign in the registers.

Contrary to this,in PGCG-11,both contractual and permanent teachers sign the registers. Teachers are harassed even when they apply for maternity leave. Two of the teachers,Monika and Amandeep,working in one of the colleges had to file a contempt petition in CAT just to avail of the facility of maternity leave.

“When we are providing the same services,at par with the members of the permanent faculty,why does there exist discrimination between us? Moreover,when there are already directions regarding the Rs 39,800 pay scale,then why are colleges adhering to their own rules? Such acts on the part of colleges do nothing but harass teachers,” said one of the members of the association,requesting anonymity.

Earlier,colleges used to relieve the teachers after the end of the academic session every year. Annoyed with this,contractual teachers had filed a case in CAT in 2010 and the decision came in the favour of the teachers.

“The Sector 42 college and Sector 11 girls’ college are paying the same amount. We have already written to the UT Administration seeking clarification on the issue. Contractual teachers had given us representation as well,” said Mani Bedi,principal of GCG,Sector 42.

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