Students of city colleges will not have their classes on Friday because their teachers will stage a demonstration in the national capital.
Around 35 mentors of Kolhan University have left for New Delhi to join their counterparts from varsities across India in a rally demanding wage revision among other changes in higher education. Their colleagues, who have not accompanied them to the capital, will not take classes to express their solidarity with the cause.
Sources from a teachers’ outfit in Kolhan said they would stage a daylong dharna at Jantar Mantar against a number of regulations, including the new pension scheme introduced by UGC and demand the clearance of fifth and sixth pay panel benefits. The other demands include strengthening public institutions and greater state control of private cradles.
“This will be a historic rally to safeguard interests of our younger colleagues, to secure their promotions, pension benefits and other rights. We have suffered a lot and now we have decided to confront UGC and the government,” said Vijay Kumar Piyush, chief patron of Teachers’ Association of Kolhan University.
Meanwhile, first-year undergraduate students are slated to take their sociology exam on Friday. “There won’t be many students as it is a subsidiary paper. We will not change the schedule. We hope intermediate teachers, ad hoc teachers and non-teaching staff will manage the show,” said Ganga Prasad Singh, controller of examinations.
However, a section of staff from city colleges did not appear as confident. “As it is, there are problems during examinations. Managing so many students is difficult. We will try to do it though,” said an ad hoc teacher at Jamshedpur Co-operative College.