The state government has sought detailed reports from universities and colleges on action taken against teaching and non-teaching staff who remained absent during the trade union strike on February 20 and 21.
The order, posted on the official website of the higher education department, sets March 31 as the deadline for submission of the reports.
“The government has also written to individual institutions, directing them to send the reports by March 31,” said an official in the higher education department.
The government had issued a circular on February 18, stating that government offices and educational institutions would remain open on February 20 and 21 and no leave would be granted for absence on those days.
A similar order had been issued before the industrial strike on February 28 in 2012.
Basab Chaudhuri, the registrar of Calcutta University, said the university was yet to receive any letter from the government but would “act according to the government advisory”.
Principals of some colleges said they were not authorised to order a pay cut for remaining absent on a strike day. “We will ask the absentee teachers to give explanations for their absence on February 20 and 21. The copies of the explanations will be forwarded to the government for its decision,” said the principal of a college.