College teachers’ stir continues,MU officials mull action

With the teachers on strike refusing to budge,the process of taking action against them is expected to be initiated from Monday,as per regulations of the Maharashtra Universities Act,1994.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 13, 2012 12:05 am

With the teachers on strike refusing to budge,the process of taking action against them is expected to be initiated from Monday,as per regulations of the Maharashtra Universities Act,1994.

Though the state government told teachers to report to work by Saturday or face action,teachers under the banner of the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (MFUCTO) have decided not to call off their boycott or resume assessment duty.

At the same time,Mumbai University officials said there has been an increase in the number of teachers who have reported for assessment in the last two days and are confident of issuing results on time as a large chunk of assessment is already over.

“Our executive committee had decided not to withdraw agitation and boycott assessment work and there will be no change in MFUCTO’s stand. We are open to talks. The government has to discuss and make its decision clear to us. The vice chancellors should have take a firm stand and told the government that they won’t bring down eligibility norms to ensure that papers get corrected,” said C R Sadasivan,MFUCTO member and president of the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU).

Meanwhile,officials at Mumbai University said if teachers failed to resume work by May 12,the respective colleges will have to give them a showcause notice.

“Subsequently,appropriate action will have to be taken by the principals or management of the colleges against the teachers and submit the report to the university,” said Subhash Deo,Director of Examinations at MU.

He said while paper correction is over for Bsc (IT),80 per cent assessment is over for BSc (pure science).

“While 70 per cent evaluation is over for BEd,around 45-50 per cent assessment work is over for professional courses like BMM/BMS,” said Deo.

The teachers are demanding payment of Sixth Pay Commission arrears and regularisation of services of lecturers (appointed between 1991 and 2000) affected by the NET or SET.

MFUCTO said the signed minutes,which had come from the state do not give any concrete date or time period for payment of the arrears or resolution of the NET/SET issue.

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