The recognition of over 40 colleges in Punjab,affiliated to Panjab University (PU),may stand cancelled,due to their failure in adopting the recommended pay scheme for teachers.
As per the guidelines issued by PU authorities,on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC),all affiliated colleges are supposed to provide a minimum salary of Rs 26,600 to UGC-qualified teachers.
However,university officials pointed out discrepancies in the pay packages.
The PU Vice-Chancellor,R C Sobti has now constituted a committee headed by Dean College Development Council (DCDC)Naval Kishore to examine the issue.
During the senate meeting held last week,Sobti directed DCDC to submit a report on the issue before the next syndicate meeting to be held in the last week of April. Colleges showing violation of UGC norms will stand de-recognised by the university, said Sobti.
The issue was earlier tabled in the syndicate meeting held in January,however,no developments have been made so far.
One of the senators pointed out that teachers in some of these colleges are being paid as low as Rs 7,000 per month.
As per the complainants,the rules have been adopted only in PU-affiliated colleges located in Chandigarh.
In Addition,the colleges showing irregularities have established the increment on affidavits submitted to PU authorities,however,there are no revisions at the end of beneficiaries.
During the senate meeting,the PU V-C also stated that affiliated colleges will not be granted permission for introducing new courses,until they comply with the University Grants Commission norms.
There are over 7,000 teachers working across 180 PU-affiliated colleges in the region.
PU authorities also added that the semester system in undergraduate courses in affiliated colleges will not be introduced until feedback is being taken from teachers as well as evaluators regarding the system introduced in post-graduation courses in 2011.