Professors of a private college in Chandigarh are protesting against the administration for their demands. Teachers at seven private colleges in Chandigarh are on a strike from December 10 onwards, demanding better working conditions and salaries. The colleges have announced that they will remain closed from this date as well. This is the latest development in a long-running dispute between the college administration and the teachers union.
In this regard, the Private College Teaching and Non-Teaching Union held a press conference on Thursday at DAV College Sector-10. Union members said that they have appealed to the Chandigarh administration to implement the Central Service Rules, but they have not been able to do anything in seven months. This is causing many teachers of private colleges to work without salary under different service rules. Because under Punjab Service Rules, the salary administration of teachers above 60 years of age has been stopped.
In a significant development, seven private colleges in the city have announced closure. These are DAV College Sector-10, MCM DAV College Sector-36, Dev Samaj College for Education Sector-36, Dev Samaj College for Women Sector-45, SD College Sector-32, Shri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women Sector-26 and more than 500 teaching and about 450 non-teaching staff of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College sector-26 who have not got the benefits of increasing the retirement age limit, implementation of the seventh pay scale and promotion due to non-implementation of Central Service Rules.
Semester Exams Will Be Disrupted
In recent days, there has been a hue and cry in the academic fraternity over the attitude of the Chandigarh administration with regard to implementing Central Service Rules (CSR). Dr. Sumit, a college professor told that from 26 November to 5 January 2023, there are semester exams for undergraduate and postgraduate classes. If the administration does not implement CSR then due to the closure of colleges about 50 thousand students studying in various private colleges will not be able to appear for examinations. The teachers have announced their decision of closure of college until the proper implementation of CSR by the Chandigarh Administration is ensured.
Student Union Supported
The College Student Union has also supported the announcement of the closure of the college from December 10 by the college teaching and non-teaching staff. Student Union Secretary Mehak Gill said that if the colleges are closed, the students will come on the streets, for which the Chandigarh administration will be responsible. Our family members have sent us to the college by paying a fee of thousands of rupees, if we will not be able to give the semester exam, then our whole semester will be spoiled.