With teachers refusing to call off the evaluation boycott,the state government took a stern stand on Tuesday and said universities across Maharashtra have been asked to instruct affiliated colleges to take action against those absent. Failing this,the affiliation of the colleges could be in danger. The state government had warned teachers to report to work by May 12 or face action.
A multiple point programme has been chalked out in this regard. Necessary instructions have been given to the universities to ask colleges to initiate action against teachers who have not reported for assessment duty. If colleges fail to take action,universities have been instructed to issue showcause notices regarding their affiliation. The last step would be to take a decision regarding (issuance of) grants to these colleges, said Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday.
The teachers are demanding payment of Sixth Pay Commission arrears and regularisation of services of lecturers (appointed between 1991 and 2000) affected by the National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SLET). MFUCTO refused to call off its agitation,saying the signed minutes that had come from the state government did not mention a specific date or time period for payment of arrears or resolution of the NET/SLET issue.
Currently,the main issue is the decision about the non-NET/SLET teachers. We have received the letter from the University Grants Commission on the matter. We will go before the Cabinet at the earliest regarding these teachers, assured Tope. He added that 60 per cent assessment work has been completed at universities like Mumbai,Aurangabad,Nanded and Nagpur as over 55 per cent teachers have resumed evaluation work. Sources in the higher education department,however,said the results of some other universities like Pune,which have not done much of the evaluation work,could be delayed by a month if the agitation continues.
Officials at Mumbai University had said on Monday that they were waiting for fresh directives from the state before they could ask colleges to issue showcause notices to teachers. Mumbai University,in fact,has maintained that there has been an increase in the number of teachers who have reported for paper correction in the past few days. The university also informed the principals of its affiliated colleges that till Tuesday,it has declared 100 results.
We have asked the colleges to provide us information on teachers who had been appointed for assessment duty and those who didnt turn up. The matter will be discussed at the meeting of the Board of Examination on May 19, said Mumbai University Pro Vice-Chancellor Naresh Chandra.
Tapati Mukhopadhyay,general secretary of MFUCTO,said as per his assurances,Tope must meet the teachers body to negotiate the differences and resolve the matter. He must immediately hold discussions and negotiations with MFUCTO in the interest of teachers,students and general public. What we had agreed upon was not reflected in the proceedings of the meeting that were given to us and hence the stalemate continues. We want clear and time-bound assurances, she said.