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AMU teachers protest V-C’s 8-hour duty order

Teachers in Aligarh Muslim University are up in arms against Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah’s order making it compulsory for them to remain in their departments from 8 am to 4:15 pm every day.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow |
October 1, 2013 1:08:37 am

Teachers in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) are up in arms against Vice-Chancellor (VC) Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah’s order making it compulsory for them to remain in their departments from 8 am to 4:15 pm every day.

The Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) has termed the order absurd,stating that teachers are not “labourers of a factory”.

A general body meeting of the association,which was convened Monday,demanded a roll back of the order.

The V-C,however,remains unfazed. “Let them (the teaching fraternity) pass any resolution,I do not take notice of such resolutions. They have to be physically present in the department during the day,” Shah said.

“In AMU,Friday is half day while Sunday is a holiday. UGC norms say every teacher should put in 40 hours of work per week. I have done it keeping in mind these things,” Shah added.

The teachers have been asked to revise their time table in such a manner that two periods are placed post lunch,thus making their presence compulsory.

Till now,AMU teachers had no fixed schedule and reached office only to take their lectures and usually left their departments thereafter. Students,too,attended their classes and left the departments. The students can now leave the department but teachers have to stay till 4:15 pm.

“No teacher has more than three lectures every day and leaves in three hours. It is not fair,” Shah stated.

On the other hand,AMUTA termed the move as the V-C’s highhandedness.

“It is ridiculous that teachers should remain in their departments for more than 8 hours. Such a restriction was never imposed upon us. We feel awkward sitting in the department till evening without any work,” said Prof Hamid Ali,Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology,who is also president of AMUTA.

“We are being treated like labourers in a factory who are forced to do an eight-hour shift. It is affecting our academic work also,” Aftab Alam,secretary,AMUTA,said.

Teaching in AMU begins from 8 am and concludes at 4.15 pm with a lunch break between 1.25 pm and 2.20 pm. The VC is also taking steps to implement his order and conducts surprise checks at departments. Recently,he found the Geology Department closed at 8 am after which he took the keys of the department with him. Pro-Vice Chancellor Brigadier (retd) Syed Ahmed Ali too makes surprise inspections.

Explanation has been sought from several teachers who violated the orders.

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