The Department of Higher Education has decided to take help of state universities to compile information about the agitating teachers whose strike entered into 41st day on Sunday. The department has already asked senior college principals to compile and send details of the teachers participating in the stir. The department is facing difficulties in keeping a tab on teachers who are not a part of the agitation.
The data sent to us by colleges reflects almost cent per cent teachers attendance in colleges but the reality is that the vital exam-related work is being hampered. Taking help of state universities in verifying teachers presence for CAP and other exam-related work would be an effective step. We have asked universities to extend help to us, said Prakash Gaikwad,Director,Higher Education.
Gaikwad,also the director of Board of College and University Development at the University of Pune,said the university was working in tandem with the Department of Higher Education on the issue.
Our university has already postponed the practical exams in view of the ongoing teachers agitation. The real pinch of the agitation,if extended,will be felt by the first week of April when exam-related work will assume paramount significance, he said.
More than 45,000 teachers from eight universities in Maharashtra have been boycotting exam-related work since February 4,in response to a call given by the Maharashtra Federation of College and University Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) seeking the release of arrears as per the Sixth Pay Commission and exempting teachers concerned from NET/SET.
Meanwhile,MFUCTO,on Sunday,shot off a letter to the government conveying its dissatisfaction on the latest offer extended to the teachers on strike.
There is discrepancy in what the state government promises and actually offers. The governments offer is also not in spirit with the legal verdicts on the issue so far. We have no option but to continue with our agitation, he said,adding the government was free to take any action against teachers provided it has locus standi.
Knowledge of law key for development of society
Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar said on Sunday the knowledge of the law was key for the development of the society. He was speaking at the international law festival organised by Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University New Law College recently.
In democracy we are governed by laws. The concept of rule of the law states that remembering the law and judgments is not that important as its analysis and implementation, he said.
As part of the event,winners of competitions held during the festival were also felicitated. ILS Law College,Pune,and Amity Law School,Noida,were awarded winner and runner up trophies respectively in third annual Justice P N Bhagwati Moot Court Competition on Human Rights.