More than 5,000 teachers from Central and State Universities and colleges across the country converged in the National Capital Delhi on September 5, 2017 to celebrate Teachers' Day in a unique way–by courting arrest. They were protesting against the non-declaration of the Chauhan Pay Review Committee Report (PRC).
The protesting teachers had convened under banner of All India Federation of University & College Teachers' Organisations (AIFUCTO) and Federation of Central University Teachers' Associations (FEDCUTA).
“The Chauhan PRC submitted to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) more than six months ago, not only deals with pay revision but also with all aspects of teachers' service conditions, including permanent recruitment, promotions and pension,” said Prof. Arun Kumar, General Secretary, AIFUCTO while addressing the media.
Further, speaking on this, Prof. Nandita Narain, FEDCUTA President said, “The committee is expected to have made positive recommendations to address the grievances of teachers with regard to contractual (and adhoc) services and denial of promotions and pension.”
According to various media reports, the teachers across the country have alleged that in an unprecedented move, the Union Government has refused to make the PRC report public. Apart from reiterating long standing demands including 100 per cent funding of Central and State Universities, teachers have also expressed their strong opposition to the attempts by the Government to impose a blueprint of privatisation and commercialisation through the scheme of so called ‘autonomous colleges’ and ‘Graded Autonomy of Universities’.
Moreover, the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) alleged that if the PRC would not be made public, it would lead to a steep hike in fees and deprive most of the students from access to affordable quality education.
A delegation of AIFUCTO and FEDCUTA also met the office bearers of the Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar. The delegation reported that the Minister assured them that the Pay Revision would be announced ‘very soon’, however, no answers for the unprecedented secrecy about the report of the PRC or any assurance on demand for 100 per cent funding.
The AIFUCTO and FEDCUTA have expressed to intensify the agitation with a mass participation of students, parents and other citizens who had the largest stake in a strong public funded education system.
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