Former faculty teaching members of Mountain View Christian College (MVCC), Kohima have clarified on the ongoing crisis within the college.
The former faculty members stated the college established in the year 1991 and affiliated to Nagaland University was one of the prestigious colleges in the state; however they added that today the college was lacking in many areas, thus hampering the growth of the college.
The former members said the college offering four honors subjects (Political Science, History, English, and Economics), besides general subjects comprises only 16 lecturers (11 full-time and five part-time teachers), which according to them was incomplete.
The monthly remuneration is `6000 for full-time teachers and `3000 for part-time teachers, with a yearly increment of `100 was very low as compared to other colleges in Nagaland and far below the old Basic UGC pay-scale, they alleged.
Highlighting that the library facility was not well-equipped and class-room and staff-room facilities lying in pathetic condition, the former faculties disclosed that Mountain View Christian College Teachers’ Union was formed on October 9 last year to address various grievances faced by the teaching faculty.
The former teachers reiterating that the managing authority assured the union’s appeal and memorandum would be fulfilled from January 2011, nevertheless, lamented that developments that followed was unexpected and a shock to the teachers when six lecturers were terminated by the managing authority on invalid grounds in the month of November 2010, stating their demands could not be fulfilled due to financial reasons. While on the contrary, the release said an advertisement appeared in some local dailies for the post of the terminated lecturers with starting salary of `8000 per month.
Terming the act of MVCC managing authority as “demeaning and an insult” not only to the six lecturers but also to all teaching faculty, the former teachers said all lecturers tendered mass resignation as an act of resentment, leaving aside four teachers who defected from the union and refused to tender their resignation.
The former teaching faculty stated the ongoing crisis within the college purely an attempt to herald an era of progress and positive change which would consequently contribute towards the benefit of students and society.
They further asserted the demands put forward to the managing authority were valid and genuine stating the former teachers bore no personal grudge and enmity with the managing authority but regretted that a body of intellectuals could be discriminated and victimized just because they “chose to be instruments of positive change”.