UP police lathicharge teachers, six injured
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 05, 2009, 23:41
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 protestors injured.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, September 05, 2009, 23:41

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