Challenging the decision of the Gujarat Education Department closing down 36 Primary Teachers Certificate (PTC) colleges, 77 of its lecturers working under District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) approached the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday.
Acting against overburdening of teachers in PTC colleges to such an extent that the number of teachers was double the number of students in some of these, the Education Department recently decided to close down 36 such colleges. In addition to PTC colleges, these included colleges offering certificate and diploma courses in physical education as well.
As per the decision, the institutions to be shut down in the first phase include four government PTC colleges, seven grant-in-aid PTC colleges, 15 PTC colleges run by GCERT and DIET, six Certificate in Physical Education (CPEd) colleges and four Diploma in Physical Education (DPEd) colleges making a total to 36 colleges.
As per the government resolution, out of a total of 139 teachers in these 36 PTC, CPEd and DPEd colleges, those appointed before June 30, 1998 have been termed as surplus while those after have been relieved from service. Out of this, a total of 77 PTC college lecturers appointed under DIET and relieved from their service have challenged this decision in the HC.
“Only 77 PTC college lecturers under DIET, who have been relieved by the department, have approached the HC while remaining have not. The decision has been stayed for next hearing on July 27,” confirmed the Dilip Vyas, president of Gujarat PTC college principal association.
These lecturers of PTC colleges under DIET were posted in districts across the state including Ahmedabad, Amreli, Anand, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Palanpur, Surat, Vadodara, Navsari, Porbandar, Junagadh and Surendranagar.
For the remaining more than two dozen PTC surplus lecturers, a camp to adjust them was organised in Gandhinagar on Wednesday by the Education Department.