Many college and university teachers across States are planning to protest the non-implementation of the recommendations of the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) committee on the Seventh Pay Committee to hike salaries of teaching staff in line with the hikes Central government employees received last year.
At its national executive meet here on Sunday, the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) — which has a presence in about 400 State universities across India — decided to engage in non-cooperation with university and college administrations across India from November 13 to 18.
At a conference to be held in Pune from December 18 to 20, delegates may decide to go on indefinite strike.
The pay committee’s recommendations came sometime back and most sticking points have been resolved, according to officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). However, they have not been sent to the Cabinet for its nod for months.
“Since the festival season is in October, we will protest from November. From November 13 to 18, teachers will shun all administrative work. They are often appointed as proctors, rectors or controllers of examinations. We are giving a call to them to not perform their administrative duties for five days. Also, on November 15, there will be a sit-in dharna. They will not take classes on this day,” Arun Kumar, secretary general of AIFUCTO, told The Hindu after the meet.
On November 30, the organisation will hold a one-day protest at the university level across India, in which teachers will hand over charters of their demands to Vice Chancellors of universities.