Mumbai: Over 2,500 teachers from ten
universities and affiliated colleges across Maharashtra will
stage a protest on April 18 at Azad Maidan seeking state
government`s attention on several pending issues including
service regularisation and pension parity.
Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers
Union General Secretary Tapti Mukhopadhayay today told
reporters here that most teachers are facing hardships and
losing on financial benefits due to various reasons.
Their main demands include: regularisation and promotion
of those teachers who were appointed before the introduction
of NET/SET, removal of discrimination in pension,
implementation of Sixth Pay Commission for Engineering and
Social Work College teachers, she said.
About retirement age, Mukhopadhyay said, although for
teachers it has been fixed at 62 and for Principals at 65, it
is becoming impossible to reap the benefits as there are many
conditions attached to it.
The teachers are also demanding that Social Work Colleges
be brought under the same structure as other colleges and
their salary payment which has been held back for last one
year be given to them immediately.
"For this, we will be meeting Maharashtra Minister for
Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope next week to put
forth our demands," Mukhopadhayay added.