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FEDCUTA call for protest on July 23
Published on 20 Jul. 2009 12:45 AM IST
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Demanding review of UGC/MHRD decision on NET and rectification in the fixation tables for revised salaries of associate professors and professors besides revision of grade pay of assistant professors, the Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Association (FEDCUTA) has called for one-day nation-wide protest July 23 involving all the 19 Central Universities in the country. According to FEDCUTA’s official statement received here, its executives had met July 11 at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and expressed anguish over the “unthoughtful decisions” of the UGC and MHRD which has adversely affected the planning and careers of lakhs of research scholars in the country. The association recalled that earlier on the recommendations of Prof. Mungekar Committee of MHRD, the UGC announced its decision to exempt M.Phil up to March 2009 and all Ph.Ds from requirement of NET for eligibility of Lecturership/Assistant Professorship. However, the UGC and MHRD have suddenly decided to withdraw the exemption retrospectively. FEDCUTA said this has created a situation of uncertainty for careers of lakhs of students in the country who had joined and completed these research degrees. The varsity teachers also maintained that this decision of UGC/MHRD was in violation of the UGC Act which clearly stipulates that any decision of UGC would not retrospectively affect any person. Meanwhile, FEDCUTA also pointed out that fixation tables as released by MHRD/UGC were at variance from the stipulations in the MHRD notification on pay revision of teachers, which has put the teachers at loss. Reiterating that it rejects the API, PASS and WP system and others in the draft UGC regulations, the FEDCUTA has demanded recasting of the regulations.

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