In a move to intensify their protest,over 750 teachers from universities and colleges across Maharashtra held a non-violent agitation at Mumbai Universitys Fort campus in the form of a Jail Bharo Andolan on Monday.
These teachers have not been reporting to Central Assessment Process (CAP) centres from April 2 as part of their boycott to exam paper assessment duty.
These teachers,under the banner of Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO),have intensified their stir after failure of talks with the Minister of Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope.
Their demands include regularisation of over 10,000 teachers,appointed between 1991 and 2000,who have not cleared National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) and implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.
While the UGC implemented NET/SLET as an entry level qualification from the year 1991,the Maharashtra government implemented the criteria only on December 11,1999. So all teachers appointed between September 1991 and December 1999 who didnt have NET/SLET were not given any promotions,salary hikes and other such benefits. This is grossly unfair, Prof C R Sadasivan,president of Bombay University and College Teachers Union (BUCTU),said.
Over 25,000 teachers from other universities,including Shivaji University,Kolhapur University,Solapur University,Nagpur University,Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University,Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University,Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University (Nanded) and Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Womens University,have supported the protest. Meanwhile,teachers from University of Pune (UoP) were not be able to join the agitation as they did not get permission from the Pune police.
Our talks with Education Minister Rajesh Tope have proven ineffective so far and have not been able to provide a solution to the teachers demands. We will not report to the CAP centres on mere assurance by the government and our protest will continue till our demands are met, Sadasivan said.