Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) held a dharna in front of the Vice Chancellors office demonstrating against the delay in the implementation of Child Care Leave (CCL).
It is a failure on the part of University authorities not to implement the provisions of the UGC notification as a result of which a large number of women teachers are made to work under extreme duress, said Kitty Sidhu,Joint Secretary,PUTA.
Akshaya Kumar,President PUTA,said,When UGC regulations have already been adopted in toto by the University Syndicate and Senate why there should be such a reluctance to implement the provision of two years leave to the women employees under CCL.
Responding to PUTAs objections,Dean University Instructions (DUI) BS Brar,said,The provisions of the CCL are certainly significant and valid. As the PUTA representatives had pointed out that the provisions have already been adopted by Punjab Government,we will certainly analyse the process adopted by them and work out the modalities on sanctioning of the leave.
The only problem which may arise will be shortage of faculty members when more than one members from the same department opt for the leave. So we need to devise some mechanism for tackling such situations, added Brar.
It is worth mentioning here that Punjab government and Union Government have already implemented the CCL Scheme and the female employees are availing two years of leave meant for looking after the minor children in the family.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the University now around 50 per cent the faculty consists of young woman employees who are eagerly looking for the implementation of the Scheme,pointed out PUTA representatives.