9 April 2018
The Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (PFUCTO), a federation of teachers associations of GNDU, Amritsar, PU, Chandigarh, PAU, Ludhiana, Punjabi University, Patiala, GADVASU, Ludhiana, government Colleges and non-govt. colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh has decided to decided to hold university wise rallies to highlight the demand for implementation of UGC scheme of revision of pay of teachers and equivalent cadres. The first rally will be held at the GNDU campus on April 11, 2018 in which the teachers from the govt. and non-govt. college of the region will also participate. The next rally will be held at Punjabi University Patiala, the date for which will be decided on April 11. These will be followed by rallies at PAU, Ludhiana and PU, Chandigarh.
Dr. Jagwant Singh General Secretary, PFUCTO, said, “The UGC had recommended revised pay scales for teachers and equivalent cadres in universities and colleges following the revision of pay scales of Central Government employees on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Nov. 2, 2017and the UGC on 31st January, 2018, moreover had asked all the State Governments to take action to adopt Government of India scheme for the State Universities and Colleges so that the implementation of this scheme may be done in a time bound manner.”
He further added, “When the Punjab Govt. granted interim relief to its ministerial staff, the university and college teachers were denied the same on the grounds that they were governed by the UGC notifications on pay scales. Now that the UGC notification on pay scales has been issued, the govt. should initiate action to implement the pay scales as soon as possible. Besides, the Central Government will bear the additional burden of the States on account of revision of pay scales. The measures proposed in the revised pay structure are expected to improve quality of higher education and also attract and retain talent. PFUCTO is also concerned about the large no of vacancies that have been filled through ad-hoc and contractual appointments which has adversely affected the quality of education.”