JAMMU, Jan 14: A delegation of the College Teachers Association, led by its president for Jammu Wing, Prof D S Manhas, called on Minister of Education, Naeem Akhter and apprised him of the difficulties being faced by the teachers regarding their career advancement scheme.
The minister was informed that at the time of implementation of UGC guidelines, dated 30/06/ 2010, all Assistant Professors / Selection Grade Lecturer in AGP 8000 were exempted from API scores and research publications required for moving to Associate Professor Grade.
“Accordingly the State Government issued a circular dated 31/01/2012 in which all the Principals were directed to provide the eligible selection grade lecturers the grade of Associate Professor with AGP of Rs 9000/- who have completed three years service in AGP 8000. The State Government then issued SRO 124 on 21/04/2014 thereby framing college service recruitment rules. Consequently the placements in AGP 7000/- and 8000/-were made by the Higher Education Department in July 2015 as per SRO-124 without any condition. Further Government issued a circular, dated 11/04/2016, in which Principals were asked to submit the cases of Assistant Professors with AGP 8000/- for placement as Associate Professors in Higher Grade and the teachers submitted their cases accordingly Then another circular dated 20/10/2016 was issued by the Government in which Principals were directed to reassess the cases of Assistant Professors in AGP 8000/- ,” CTA explained.
The delegation further explained that accordingly teachers submitted their cases but their placement was still pending while the placement of Assistant Professors in AGP 7000/- and 8000/- was also lying pending in the Higher Education Department.
The Association demanded that all the cases of placement of Assistant Professors in AGP 8000/- to Associate grade with AGP of Rs.9000/- should be cleared immediately without any condition and SRO- 124, which was issued on 21/04/2014, with instructions that “This notification shall come into force from the date of its issuance” be implemented prospectively.
The Minister gave a patient hearing and agreed in principle that the matter would be looked into positively and that no teacher will be made to suffer while implementing the SRO-124.
The delegation included Dr Anil Ganjoo, Prof Narayan Dutt, Prof Hans Raj, Prof Aziz, Prof Jagjit Singh, Prof Lekh Raj and Prof Narinder.