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Utkal teachers protest apathy, wear black badges
Protesting against the apathy of the university administration and the Higher Education Department, the Utkal University teachers under the banner of the Utkal University Teachers’ Association (UUTA) have started an agitation since July 10 by wearing black badges.
The demands include immediate implementation of Career Advancement Scheme (CAS), repair of residential quarters, confirmation of faculty members, advance increment for M Phil/PhD holders, redesignation of Readers, recruitment of non-teaching staff, NPS arrears and insurance schemes among others.
The university administration is well known for its casual approach towards the issues for which rules are already framed long back by UGC and other regulatory bodies, said a UUTA Press release.
The release said the UUTA had submitted a memorandum to the authorities on March 3 highlighting all issues. Although the Vice Chancellor had promised to look into the matter and do the needful before the end of the vacation, no substantial progress was made on these fronts.
On June 3, the UUTA submitted an ultimatum to the authorities and called for a protest against the administration.
“As per the programme, the faculties will protest against the administration wearing black badge while on duty between July 10 and 16. Between July 17 and 22, the faculty members under the leadership of UUTA will congregate peacefully in front of the administrativeblock for an hour every day. From July 23 to 30, the teachers will go for relay dharna in front of the administrative block and from August 1 onwards, the UUTA has called for a relay hunger strike followed by an indefinite hunger strike,” said the release.
Union secretary Prof KunjaBehari Panda warned that the teachers will not tolerate the apathy of the university administration anymore and would appeal the teaching community of all the universities of Odisha to join hands for an agitation on a greater scale.
UUTA president and Federation of University Teachers Association (FOUTA) convenor Prof Santosh K Tripathy also lamented on the apathy of the university and the Government.
He demanded implementation of the salary under 7th Pay Revision Commission and called for an all-Odisha protest by the university teachers.
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