A day after the state government asked universities across Maharashtra to instruct affiliated colleges to take action against teachers who have not reported for evaluation,the Higher and Technical Education Department on Wednesday sent a new letter to the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO).
The MFUCTO will now meet on Friday to discuss the contents of the letter and take a call whether or not to withdraw their agitation. The education department has sent us new minutes. We will now meet on Friday in Mumbai to discuss the letter and decide whether to withdraw our boycott or not. The new minutes states that as per the directives of the University Grants Commission (UGC),teachers who have been exempted from the National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) by the university will be given placement benefits from the dates of their appointment and the proposal will be put up before the Cabinet, said MFUCTO member C R Sadasivan.
He added that the new letter states that the 10 months cash component will be released in two installments,one in July 2012 and the second in April 2013.
The teachers are demanding payment of Sixth Pay Commission arrears and regularisation of services of lecturers (appointed between 1991 and 2000) affected by NET/SLET. MFUCTO has so far refused to call off its agitation,saying the signed minutes from the state did not mention a specific date or time period for payment of arrears or resolution of the NET/SLET issue.
Meanwhile,teachers from affiliated colleges of Mumbai University had decided to intensify their agitation under the banner of the Bombay University and College Teachers Union (BUCTU) by calling for complete closure of assessment centres on Wednesday.
We received a massive response today and there was complete closure of assessment centres,including the one on Kalina campus, said a member. However,MU officials denied there was a complete closure. According to figures given by university,while 699 teachers attended the central assessment programme on the Kalina campus on Tuesday,625 teachers reported for evaluation duty on Wednesday.
According to information received from 30 cluster centres for assessment across our affiliated colleges as well as figures from the Kalina campus,we had 62 per cent attendance for B Com assessments,74 per cent for TY B Sc,84 per cent for B Sc (IT) and 55 per cent for TYBA on Wednesday, said an official.
Further,officials said they have asked colleges to provide information on teachers who remained absent from paper correction and the matter will be discussed at a meeting of the Board of Examination on Saturday. We will decide on further steps to be taken in this matter, he said.
MU officials also said they had received a letter from the education department,saying appropriate action must be taken against teachers who were absent. We will address the letter immediately and issue necessary instructions to the colleges to initiate action, said an official.