Lucknow: As the country marked the
Teachers` Day today, faculty members of prestigious IITs went
on a hunger strike and teachers in Lucknow and Ranchi hit the
streets demanding better wages suffering police lathicharge in
the capital of Uttar Pradesh.
The teachers of the IITs took part in a nationwide
relay fast this morning demanding better salaries and
allowances as part of the nationwide stir by them.
Nearly 4,000 faculty members of the IITs also threatened
to go on an indefinite strike to press their demands. A final
decision on this would be taken when mmbers of the IIT Faculty
Federation meet in Delhi tomorrow, Dr Devang Khakhar,
Director, IIT-Bombay, told a news agency.
Ten days ago, the faculty of the elite technology
institutes had taken mass casual leave and attended classes
wearing black badges in protest.
Police charged with batons to break up a protest
demonstration by part-time teachers in Lucknow, leaving six
The shiksha mitras (partime teachers) were holding a
protest demonstration in support of their demand for hiking
honorarium and regularisation.
Police said the it used mild force to disperse the
protestors who had assembled on the busy Vidhan Sabha marg,
obstructed vehicular traffic and pelted stones damaging a bus.
In Ranchi, hundreds of teachers staged a demonstration in
support of their charter of demands, including implementation
of Sixth Pay Commission.
In a symbolic protest, some teachers took off their
shirts while others held out begging bowls to mark the day
amid pouring rains.
In Gumla, six middle school teachers went on an
indefinite hunger strike demanding promotion to teachers
based on seniority.
Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari expressed concern over
teachers in the country being "politically empowered and
professionally disempowered" and suggested reforms in the
education system to nurture their skills and competence.
The Vice President, who gave away the national awards
to teachers in Delhi questioned the current system of teacher
recruitment, teaching methods, performance assessment,
incentive and reward structure and manner of accountability.
Pushing the process of education reforms, Union HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal announced a cadre of dedicated educators
would be created to provide training and advanced skills to
teachers to keep them updated with the latest in the field.