PENDING PROMOTIONS

Teachers to oppose appointments on vacant seats at varsity

Teachers to oppose appointments on vacant seats at varsity

Members of PUTA during a press conference at Punjabi University in Patiala on Wednesday. Photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service
Patiala, March 31

Teachers of Punjabi University today decided to oppose any new appointments on posts relinquished by them to oppose the pending promotions on the campus.

The teachers’ elected body, PUTA, along with the non-teaching elected representatives held a press conference and said the state government was trying to dismantle the university to help the newly universities flourish.

The three elected associations of the university held a joint press conference. PUTA president Dr Nishan Singh Deol said they condemned the undue delay in resolving issues pertaining to the employees. He said the non-attendance of the acting Vice-Chancellor at the university was the major reason behind the delay.

“The university is in the need for a regular Vice-Chancellor. Also, the state government should release an additional one-time grant of Rs300 crore to the university.

He said: “The resignation of over 40 teachers from their additional administrative posts puts a big question mark on the working style of the current Vice-Chancellor. In such a case, the VC should resign on moral grounds.”

Dr Avneet Pal Singh, PUTA secretary, said teachers unanimously decided to reject the 20-point checklist issued by the VC. “The general house also unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the new team to be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to replace the resigning teachers,” he said.

Gurinder Pal Singh, the president of the A-class officers’ association, said injustice was happening to every category of employees.

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