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  AIFUCTO
 
  All India Federation of University & College Teachers' Organisations

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Memorandum submitted by AIFUCTO

1. REGULATIONS:

The AIFUCTO views with serious concern the inordinate delay in the notification of the UGC Regulations on Career Advancement and appointment of Teachers and principals in Colleges and Universities which jeopardises the academic activities as appointments of teachers and principals could not be made and career advancement of teachers could not be sanctioned. AIFUCTO has been consistently demanding the early notification along with removing the urban bias in the Thiagarajan committee draft which was made without taking into account the conditions and the lack of infrastructure in the institutions in the rural areas and also the thrust more on teaching than on research in the colleges. Teachers are very restive and the AIFUCTO urges the MHRD and the UGC to take steps for the immediate notification of the UGC taking into account the views of AIFUCTO and other teachers’ organisations.

2) REVISION OF PAY SCALES:

AIFUCTO also takes serious note of the fragmented and piecemeal implementation of the revised scales of Pay. Still a few states have not even decided on implementing the scales. Even where they have been implemented, there are a lot of disparities – in the date of implementation, payment of allowances, rate of increments, incentive increments and age of retirement. AIFUCTO all along has been urging uniform, simultaneous and mandatory implementation of the scales. That is why we demanded 100% grants to the States, which has also been recommended by the Chadha Committee.

Hence, we request the Govt. of India to reconsider its decision with regard to the payment of 100% grant. We also request the MHRD and the UGC to see that the revised scales are immediately implemented in all the states and also that there is uniformity in payment of allowances, increments, incentive allowances, arrears and also the age of retirement.

3) PAYMENT OF CENTRAL GRANT:

The Govt. ordered payment of arrears before March 2009 and instructed the State Govts to claim 80% of the central share. But we understand that the Govt. of India hasn’t released its share- 80% of the additional expenditure incurred for implementation of the revised pay scales. Hence we urge the MHRD to take up with the GOI so that the grants for the states are released early.

  1. ANOMALIES DUE TO THE PREVIOUS SCHEME:

In the last pay revision the new career advancement scheme was implemented from 22-07-98 instead of from 01-01-96. More over those who got career advancement between 01-01-96 and 27-07-98 were not paid 14940/-after 5 years in the SG scale.

The Chadha committee recommended that this be rectified before fixation of pay in the revised scales of Pay.

The MHRD notification also directed the UGC to formulate necessary procedures in consultation with the MHRD.

The Kerala High Court also directed that those whose date of career advancement fell between 01-01-96 and 27-07-98 be placed in 14940/- five years after service as SG lecturer. In spite of all these this anomaly has not been rectified which has caused a lot of heart burn among young teachers. Hence we urge upon the MHRD/UGC to rectify this anomaly at the earliest.

  1. CHANGES REQUIRED IN THE NEW PAY REVISION:

The post of Associate professor is the equivalent of Lecturer SG/ reader in the previous pay scale and therefore the stipulation that they should wait for 3 years for placement as Associate professor is illogical and unjust. Hence AIFUCTO demands that all Lecturers SG/ Reader as on 01-01-2006 be placed in the scale of Associate Professor and re-designated as such.

6) Assistant Professors, Assistant Professors (SS) and Assistant Professors (SG) are placed in the same Pay Band and there is a wide disparity in the pay scales between that of Assistant Professors, and AP (SS) and AP (SG) and that of Associate Professors. Hence AP (SG)/ AP (SS) may be given a higher start in Pay Band 3.

7) Though there are a large number of demonstrators in a number of states, the pay revision order completely neglected them, left to the whims of state govts. There should be appropriate scales to be recommended for them without further delay.

Appropriate scales should be implemented for Part-time teachers/ Tutors/ Accompanists/ Coaches.

8) The insistence that only PhD in the relevant discipline will alone count for CAS will certainly be used as a ruse to deny the benefit to many deserving teachers. More important is the serious repercussion on inter-disciplinary studies and research. Hence AIFUCTO demands that PhD in the relevant / allied or inter-disciplinary areas should be counted for CAS.

9) Pensionary benefits provided to all SG Lecturers/ Readers in Central Universities who retired prior to 01-01-2006 should be extended to those who have been working in state universities and in colleges affiliated to state universities also.

10) PARITY OF LIBRARIANS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DIRECTORS WITH TEACHERS: The qualifications and the number of years of service required for direct recruitment and promotions for the posts of Librarian/ Dy Librarian/ Asst librarian/ College librarian / DPEs/Deputy DPEs/ Asst DPEs should be on par with other teachers.

11) ANOMALY OF JUNIOR DRAWING HIGHER SALARY THAN SENIOR:

This anomaly should be rectified by invoking Central Civil Services Anomaly Rules 2008 by stepping up the pay of the senior.

12) ANOMALY BECAUSE OF GRANT OF PHD ALLOWANCE:

3 advance increments are awarded to those who acquired PhD after 01-01-2006. Because of this, teachers who have acquired PhD after 01-01-2006 get more pay than their seniors who have acquired PhD before 01-01-2006. To rectify this anomaly 3 advance increments should be given to all teachers possessing PhD whenever they move into the scale of Associate Professor. Such a clause was in the notification of the last pay scales.

13) COUNTING OF PAST SERVICE:

Previous service with/ without break, whether in permanent or temporary capacity, whether appointed against substantive or temporary vacancy, whether absorbed in the same post in continuation of adhoc appointment or not should be counted for placement/ promotion irrespective of the period of temporary service.

15) REVISED SCALES FOR ENGINEERING COLLEGE TEACHERS:

There was a delay in the MHRD notifying the revised scales for the teachers working in engineering colleges. But even after the MHRD notification, the AICTE has not notified it and hence in many parts of the country the salary of teachers working in engineering colleges have not been revised. We urge the MHRD to instruct the AICTE to immediately notify the MHRD order regarding revision of pay scales for teachers working in Engineering colleges and other technical institutions under both the aided and the unaided streams.

16) EDUCATIONAL POLICIES:

MHRD has been initiating serious and drastic policy measures which will have far – reaching implications like creation of National Commission for Higher Education and Research, Entry of Foreign Educational Providers etc. AIFUCTO feels that such reforms will have dangerous implications for the Higher education system in India.



AIFUCTO urges the MHRD to have wider consultations with all the stakeholders before implementing any reform. AIFUCTO urges that a Commission on Education like the Kothari Commission should be constituted to make a detailed study of all issues pertaining to Higher Education before the country goes for any reform in Higher Education.

Prof. James William Prof. Asok Barman

President General Secretary

 


 

 
   

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