ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE TEACHERS’ ORGANISATIONS
25TH STATUTORY CONFERENCE-AHAMEDABAD,GUJARAT
We have assembled here at the historic city of Ahamedabad, Gujarat to participate in the 25th Statutory Conference of AIFUCTO, which symbolizes the hopes and aspirations of more than 4 lakh teachers, their collective wisdom and their concern for higher education. The largest organization of teachers in the world is meeting in the land hallowed by the birth of the Mahatma to expedite the process of “wiping every tear from every eye”. The apex body of college and university teachers in India is meeting on the soil most conducive to its growth. I am gratefully appreciative of the fact that Gujarat is bedrock of AIFUCTO and Gujarat has been providing excellent leaders to AIFUCTO.
It is worth recalling that Gujarat has hosted many important programmes of AIFUCTO including Conferences and international meets. Ahamedabad, Baroda, Surat and Rajkot hosted all these very important programmes. We may particularly recall a crucial conference held at Baroda in December, 1987. This special conference played a historic role in strengthening the AIFUCTO movement. The Conference was neither academic nor statutory. The only extraordinary Conference of AIFUCTO, in its nearly half a century of struggle and progress, was held in Gujarat. And what a crucial meet it was! The AIFUCTO had organized a historic 34 days All India Strike in 1987 which ended with an agreement between Govt. of India’s Department of Education and the leadership of AIFUCTO. The agreement was an epoch-making one and brought remarkable gains for the teachers of higher education sector in our country. But the agreement needed to be discussed and approved and the then leadership of AIFUCTO called the Extraordinary Conference which was hosted by M.S. University Teachers’ Organization, Baroda. The delegates attending the Conference unanimously approved the decisions of the NEC and the Secretariat. And the AIFUCTO has come back to Gujarat at a crucial time when the MHRD is contemplating tremendous changes in the field of higher education.
At the very outset I pay deepest homage to our leaders and members who passed away this year. We have suffered the untimely and irreparable loss of Prof.L.N.Pandey, our Vice-President and Prof.P.Laingam Singh, our national Secretary. They were some of our finest leaders who dedicated their lives to the cause of teachers’ welfare. The best homage to them will be working hard to fulfill their dream.
The year has been witness to the terrorist attacks in different parts of the globe which have claimed many lives. There should be more international cooperation to counter and frustrate terrorist attacks. It is a pity that resources that are utilized to combat terrorism could be spent to lessen, if not altogether, to eradicate hunger, illiteracy, disease and social discrimination. We note with great anxiety the increasing incidents of suicidal terrorist attacks which claim countless innocent lives.. Teachers ,across the globe, have the duty to wage a relentless ideological battle against the anti-people and divisive terrorist forces , no matter however injured innocence terrorism may flaunt..
The year has witnessed the consolidation of the uni-polar character of the world as the US domination is still very strong and The Third World is divided against itself. The developing countries often play into the hands of the machinations of the developed world and thus pave the way for the prevalence of the western ideas. The need of the hour is Third World solidarity to safeguard the future of the mankind and ensuring inclusive development. The fight against hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, illiteracy and squalor needs to be taken up globally. We must strongly resist the arm-twisting by US and safeguard national sovereignty, be it Iran or India.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty –NPT
There have been continuous attempts by the United States of America to prop up the NPT. This is not only discriminatory but also doomed to failure as it is not linked to complete nuclear disarmament. The spectre of nuclear terrorism is haunting but the spectre is the Frankenstein creation of the US whose former allies, now with nuclear fangs, are its deadly foes today.
The current financial crisis of capitalism has been a cause of concern not only to the developed countries but also to the entire world. Though some believe that recovery is on its way, there are enough indications that there is little hope of relief from job loss woes in the near future. It is argued that some specific mistakes committed in the past, for instance by the US Federal Reserve with regard to monetary policy is at the root of the meltdown. Some hold the lack of adequate regulatory mechanism as being responsible for this crisis. Some experts blame it on insufficient supervision of the financial system while some characterize it as a “system failure”, a term which makes the crisis a phenomenon that in principle could have been avoided. This entire perception however is untenable. The crisis is a result not of the failure of the system but of the system itself; it is a part of the mode of operation of contemporary capitalism based on profit motive. Capitalism and the role of private enterprise are increasingly being questioned across the world. The ongoing economic recession show little signs of recovery and the increasing nervousness of the proponents of market economy confirm the doubts about the future of the system. There are many instances of successful organizations flouting the norms of civil society and unethical practices leading to the loss of public trust and confidence. We, the teachers, have a duty to expose the weakness of the system and suggest solutions. Let the Conference highlight the theme and discuss the same.
Global Economic Crisis and the Developing Countries
The global economic meltdown has proved to be most important from the point of view of the developing countries. This is not only responsible for affecting these countries badly in so far as numerous problems have reared their ugly heads, but also in exposing the inherent weaknesses of the uncontrolled market mechanism. The present recession has placed before the teachers and other intellectuals, the never before opportunity of exposing the inherent hollowness and moral bankruptcy of capitalist practices. The economic crises started with the failure of the western financial system. The capitalist conception of competition betrays the fact that the system is controlled by some big players who try to manipulate the market parameters to inflate their profit margin. But the contradictions in the system ultimately show up and the system breaks down. While the profit margin falls and production volumes squeeze, the melt down plays havoc with the interest of common man. As employment and income starts falling in a spiraling manner, the throw outs that were till yesterday most needed labor force, get into depression and end their lives not knowing how to understand this sudden fall from plenty to insecurity. This is due to the fact the financial and the real markets are very closely related. The speculative activities of the capitalist financial agents lead to extreme instability in the market and small and medium agents suffer great losses. Many of them fail to carry on their activities and leave the market. All these are reflected in loss of confidence in the market system bringing in its wake near collapse of the system.
History tells us that after some years of slow down there are recovery. But till the turn around happens, the iniquitous and failing system takes a heavy toll of the common man. Actually, the entire system survives at the cost of the working class.
The present melt down has affected those countries more which are more integrated to the world economic system. The countries which export to and import from the developed countries to an appreciable extent suddenly found that the volumes plummeted to an alarming level. Soon the entire economy plunged into great disorder.
The lack of government control over the financial system and absence of instruments of supply instruments in the arsenal of government disabled many governments from effectively intervening and the sufferings of common man could not be mitigated. The problems were more pronounced in the countries where the philosophy of Liberalization and privatization were practiced along with globalization with shameless vigor. This reduced the maneuvering power of the governments and often reduced them to helpless spectators when economies were crumbling down around them and the unrest among people was increasing.
The measures adopted by the western countries to counter the melt down further confirmed that the philosophy of uncontrolled capitalism cannot stand the test of stability and equity and hence the justification for State control over the capitalists. A number of countries were forced to adopt regulatory measures. Even then the situation remains highly unstable; hundreds of financial institutions just closed down.
Uncertainty and instability in international financial and commodity markets, coupled with doubts about the direction of monetary policy in some major developed countries, are contributing to a gloomy outlook for the world economy and could present considerable risks for the developing world as they cannot escape the harmful impacts.
These experiences only drive home the message that the developing countries must follow independent economic policies free from the remote control of the developed countries and at the same time remain careful about rampant globalization, privatization and liberalization. It is the duty of the policy makers to take lessons from the most disturbing developments in recent years so that the people of these countries don’t suffer from the traumatic experience in future.
The role of developing countries in world financial system and G-20
The demand for allowing the emerging developing countries play a more significant role has now become very strong. The developed world cannot manage the financial instability any more by themselves and, more importantly, can no longer decide upon the crucial decisions impacting the entire world economy. The Basle norms of capital adequacy have now been largely discredited as developed countries’ banks have shown scant respect for it. The G-20 countries can no longer hold the sway and dictate terms. It is now established that G-20, in which India also plays a role, must play a more important role. The recently concluded G-20 meeting has promised a 5% shift in voting rights in the IMF from over represented to under represented countries. But this is inadequate and there should be at least a 7% increase so that the developing countries can together have at least 51% voting rights. Similarly the voting rights of developing countries in the World Bank should increase appropriately.
Environmental degradation and sustainable development
The pattern of development pursued by the developed countries since the industrialization epoch paid very little attention to the environmental issues and hence caused large scale damage to nature. The problem of climate change- the outcome of cumulative emissions of greenhouse gases, with carbon dioxide being the most dominant- was brought about by industrialization based on the use of fossil fuels. There is unanimity on the need to rapidly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. It is also disturbing that developing countries often emulate the developed countries and cause irreparable damages to the environment. The developed countries want countries like India to control the emissions. But the damage done by India and others are much less than the inflictions by developed countries. Inevitable and necessary industrialization cannot be sacrificed as this is essential to improve the standard of living of vast majority of population. But it must be admitted that industrialization should keep damages as low as possible for sustainable development. The teaching community must play a vital role in creating and raising the level of public awareness on this issue and directly join the movement for a healthier environment. Teachers should sensitize their learners as well as work for a solution.
The General Election in India, 2009 bear testimony to the victory of democracy in India, the largest democracy in the world. The survival of democratic system in our country commands great appreciation of the entire world and provides moral strength to millions of peace loving people who repose their faith in the democratic governance. Indian election outcome is a grand victory for the pluralistic, non-communal character of the Indian state and records the rejection of communal and cattiest forces.
However, the cherished goal of inclusive development is still a far cry and the dualistic development with millions of people still suffering from abject poverty is a very major concern. That a large section of Indians are still left out of whatever progress the country has achieved, remains to be addressed . We strongly feel that the core of public policy should take care of all these disquieting features of Indian economic development and adopt programs for the amelioration of the same urgently. The philosophy of inclusive development must not remain a mere slogan to win elections.
Excessive price rise of food stuff
India has witnessed rampant increase in the prices of food articles throughout the country as the government has failed to take necessary measures to maintain the price stability. It is a paradox that the official wholesale price index has recorded nil or even negative change. The increasing cost of food stuff is a source of hardship to the common man. We demand that the govt. must take appropriate action to arrest and reverse the price rise of food stuff.
Need for the increase in the anti-poverty funding to the States
Poverty has been a major concern and there are demands that a proper anti-poverty program should be taken up to reduce the incidence of poverty. The Saxena Committee of the Rural Development Ministry, Govt. of India has now found that the extent of poverty is much more than the Planning Commission estimates and on the basis of that the committee has recommended that 50% of India's population be given below-poverty-line cards. At present the Planning Commission estimates that only 28.3% of the population qualifies for the BPL benefit.
The recommendations of the Rural Development Ministry's committee on BPL surveys, chaired by Supreme Court-appointed food commissioner N C Saxena, seeks to double the population that benefits from the UPA's social sector schemes — both existing as well as those on the anvil like the ambitious Food Security Act and enhanced pension schemes. The expansion of the social security net is bound to substantially increase government expenditure.
The recommendations of the Saxena committee have emerged as a powerful voice on food policy front. The government must take a close look at his estimates because they are close to the tally compiled by States under the rural development survey. A larger fund must be allocated to them to fight poverty.
Right to Education Act
In spite of the Supreme Court ruling that the right to education is a fundamental right flowing from right to life itself, it is most unfortunate that unnecessary delays have been made as the central government dragged its feet on the implementation of the same. AIFUCTO has been persistently demanding the enactment of the Act and joined the movement for getting it done along with other teachers’ organizations and like minded NGOs and individuals. After long procrastination and as many as four drafts prepared and amended, finally, The Right to Education Bill has been passed by the Parliament. But it is quite unfortunate that the Act doesn’t provide for the education of Children of the age 0 to 6. More over the Act doesn’t say how it is going to provide the funds for this vital project. This should be the plank for future action to ensure universal education for all Indian children. But it is unfortunate the issue of quality education based on common school system has been left out. It is imperative that the additional financial burden to make Right to Education Act a success must be borne by the central government.
India has been described as a subcontinent rather than as a country for its multicultural, multilingual, multireligious character. The vast size of the country and the ethnic plurality have been responsible for the adoption of educational policies endowed with diversification and improvisation. Education plays a very crucial role in maintaining the diversity in unity. That was the abiding necessity of putting education in the state list in our federal set up. During the short lived emergency time, education was put in the concurrent list by an amendment of the Constitution. Yet, the Indian Parliament did not pass a single law on the basis of this amendment in almost a quarter of a century and for all practical purposes education remained a state subject and all consultations were done by CABE. All of a sudden the second UPA government has started talking about bringing legislation which is going to affect the entire educational structure of the country. Over centralization can make for a top heavy administration and lead to total collapse. Further, there was no discussion at the appropriate forums. This certainly does not augur well and is certainly an ominous sign. It is disturbing that even the opposition parties have not yet intervened in effective manner. But we believe that a sustained movement by all those who are equipped with the knowledge, authority and determination can undo such moves. AIFUCTO will be in the forefront in this sacred movement, I can assure you.
Terrorist attack in Mumbai
The AIFUCTO strongly condemned the barbaric attack by the terrorists on innocent civilians and foreign nationals in Mumbai. We demand more efficient anti-terrorist measures so that massacres of such nature can be preempted and prevented in time and the loss of precious human lives and destruction of property may thus be minimized. The AIFUCTO extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and salutes the brave security personnel who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Meeting with Shri Arjun Singh, Hon. Minister, HRD, UGC Chairman and Jt. Secretary, MHRD
As decided by the National Executive Council, an AIFUCTO delegation consisting of the President, General Secretary and Prof. James William, National Secretary, met with Shri. Arjun Singh, Hon. Minister for Human Resources Development on 24-10-08 and presented the AIFUCTO Charter of Demands. The Minister assured the delegation that the demands would be looked into. He also informed the delegation that the PRC Report, along with the recommendations of MHRD will be put up for the consideration of the Cabinet soon. The AIFUCTO delegation also met Prof. Thorat, UGC Chairman and Shri. Sunil Kumar,Joint Secretary, MHRD in charge of UGC Pay Review Committee Recommendations. The delegation requested the UGC Chairman to intervene with the MHRD on behalf of the Teachers. Shri. Sunil Kumar was apprised of the details of the AIFUCTO Charter of Demands. The issue of pay scales for university level officers, Accompanists, Instructors and Coaches was taken up with the Jt .Secretary, MHRD. The leadership met a number of Parliament Members and academicians of repute at Delhi to apprise them of our charter of demands and sought their support. The General Secretary held several rounds of talks with political leaders, MPs and eminent educationists on this issue.
Letter to Hon’le Prime Minister
General Secretary wrote a letter to Shri Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister on 13.11.2009 informing him that he was forced to submit to him that lakhs of university and college teachers of India had been anxiously awaiting the implementation of Revised Pay Scales and they were deeply perturbed over the inordinate delay in this regard. He requested Mr.Singh to intervene for an expeditious announcement of the new pay scales
Announcement of Pay Scales on 31.12.2008
The General Secretary, camping in Delhi urged the MHRD that the announcement was being eagerly awaited and further delay would cause great hardship and unacceptable delay, especially with the elections looming large and the model code of conduct. After a great deal of lobbying and persuasion, finally, the MHRD notified the pay scales on 31.12.2008 for college and university teachers. While welcoming the decision for placement of Selection Grade Lecturers /Readers in pay band IV and the introduction of the post of Professor in all colleges, the leadership analyzed the possible obstacles and important challenges in implementation of the new scales and the likely impact on the quality of education thrown up by the notification. Four days later, the General Secretary apprised the NEC on 04.01.09 of the repeated and many interventions made by AIFUCTO at different stages, starting with the appointment of the Pay Review Committee to the final Notification of MHRD on 31-12-08. He said that the timely intervention of AIFUCTO helped ensure a better deal for teachers. However, the demand for 100% finance from the Central govt and supported by the Chadha committee was not accepted and the demand to get some categories of teaching staff like accompanists, instructors, coaches and system analysts into the ambit of the UGC recommended pay scales were ignored.
Meeting with UGC on 5.1.2009
The AIFUCTO Office bearers had a formal discussion on the MHRD Notification with the UGC on 5.1.09 in which the Chairman, the Vice chairman and the Secretary also were there. The AIFUCTO leadership elaborated on the implications of the MHRD Notification on the salary and service conditions of teachers, on the need for uniform and simultaneous implementation of the scales in all the States and on ensuring the quality of higher education. The AIFUCTO leaders effectively communicated their serious apprehensions on all the three fronts. The Chairman, UGC told the AIFUCTO that its apprehensions will be addressed. AIFUCTO’s position that teaching and extension should be treated on a par with research was accepted in principle by the UGC and the Chairman assured the leadership that AIFUCTO’s detailed proposals in this regard would be discussed and decisions taken at the appropriate forums. Affiliates were therefore requested to send their proposals in this regard with in 15 days to the General Secretary, on the basis of which detailed proposals could be put forth for the consideration of the UGC. The UGC had assured the leadership that the UGC Notification and Fitment Table on revised scales for college and university teachers would be issued shortly.
Meeting with MHRD on 5.1.2009
The AIFUCTO leadership submitted the AIFUCTO CHARTER OF DEMANDS to Shri Sunil Kumar, Joint secretary in charge of Pay Review at the MHRD, who assured the leadership that the representation will be carefully looked into by the MHRD at the appropriate level. All affiliates were requested by the Secretariat to start negotiations with the State Governments for the immediate implementation of the UGC Scales. The AIFUCTO simultaneously took up relevant issues with MHRD and UGC, so that the objective of uniform and simultaneous implementation of the scales throughout the country became a reality. However, sensing dithering, a timely decision was taken to organize a Protest Dharna at Delhi on 23.02.09 to highlight our demands.
PROTEST DHARNA PROGRAM AT JANTAR MANTAR, NEW DELHI AND MARCH TO PARLIAMENT
A massive rally was held at Delhi on 23-2-09 by University and College teachers from across the country under the banner of All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organizations demanding increase in Central assistance for the implementation of revised UGC scales in State universities and colleges and issuance of the enabling UGC regulations. More than 5000 teachers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari took part in the Dharna and March to Parliament Programme. Secretariat members, Office bearers and leaders of affiliates addressed the rally and demanded implementation of the new pay scales through-out the country without further delay, 100% central assistance and proper UGC regulations.
MEETING WITH PROF. THORAT, CHAIRMAN, UGC
The AIFUCTO leadership held discussions with Prof. S.K Thorat, Chairman UGC in the evening. The UGC assured them that the UGC notification on the new Pay Scales would be issued immediately and that regulations would be finalized only after detailed consultations with the teachers’ organizations. We suggested that there should be a nation - wide consultation on this issue as was done for the Chadha Committee. A detailed memorandum was submitted to the Chairman, UGC in this regard.
General Secretary maintained the camp office in New Delhi and mostly stayed in New Delhi for regular contact with UGC, MHRD, Members of Parliament and other eminent personalities. He was assisted by teacher leaders from U.P, Haryana, MP and Punjab.
FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING PAY REVISION
The General Secretary took up the issue of clarifications with the UGC and MHRD. As a result, UGC wrote to the Education Secretaries of all States. But the fitment table was yet to be sent. General Secretary came to know that there were differences between MHRD and the Ministry of Finance on the issue of proper fitment table. He insisted on the officers of these ministries that the issue should not remain unresolved and a decision must be taken forthwith. Mr. Sunil Kumar, JS, MHRD, UGC officials and Mr. R.Chakraborty, Deputy Secretary, MHRD informed that States may claim Central share of enhanced expenditure and disburse 40 % of arrears among teachers taking an undertaking without waiting for any fitment table. However, we urged the MHRD to advise the State governments to go for immediate implementation. We further demanded that the fitment table be made available, notwithstanding the advice. The General Secretary maintained utmost vigilance and very close contact with all concerned.
In the meantime Tamilnadu teachers received an interim relief of 3 months salary, along with State Government employees.
General Secretary’s meeting with UGC
The GS met UGC officials on 31st of March and conveyed the NEC resolutions regarding the fitment table. It was pointed out that the delay in this regard was undesirable and immediate action should be taken by the UGC.
General Secretary’s meting with MHRD officials
The GS met Mr. Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mr.R.Chakraborty, Deputy Secretary on 01.04.09 to express the concern of AIFUCTO and demanded immediate action to resolve the stalemate regarding the fitment table for quick implementation.
Meeting with Mr. Pranab Mukherjee
The General Secretary met Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of India, who became Minister of Finance and submitted a memorandum drawing his attention to the inordinate delay in the issue of fitment table. He was urged to intervene as teachers were the only salaried section yet to get pay revision. Shri Pranab Mukherjee wanted details which were given and this meet in a way helped give a vital thrust. We thank Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya for taking an active interest in the matter and facilitating the meeting with Mr. Mukherjee which was held on 02.04.06.
Delhi Camp office
The General Secretary, AIFUCTO was camping in Delhi in pursuit of the elusive fitment table which was crucial to wage revision. He met with the MHRD officials several times and emphasized the urgent need to find a solution. We told them that all other sections in the salaried sector had received the enhanced benefits and the university and college teachers were the only people asked to wait for what appeared to be eternity.
The General Secretary had a meeting with Sri Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary, MHRD on 17th of April and conveyed the anguish and growing resentment of the college and university teachers all across India. The concern of the NEC meeting at Bhubaneswar was conveyed to him. This meeting was also attended by the President of FEDCUTA. We reached the consensus that the MHRD would immediately issue instructions to the State Governments so that fixation may be done expeditiously. The General Secretary also discussed the matter with UGC and demanded immediate solution and conveyed the sentiment of teachers. But the central government university and college teachers’ salaries were already fixed and they were in no hurry to demand the release of fitment tables.
As a last effort to avert direct action by the AIFUCTO, the General Secretary met Mr. R.P.Agarwal, Secretary, MHRD on 1st of May, 2009 and drew his attention to the plight of university and college teachers in the States as the revised pay scales as notified by the MHRD were yet to be implemented even after four months of the notification. There was little possibility of the implementation of the pay revision by States as the fitment table was yet to be released by the MHRD. It was noted that even though MHRD issued a press release on 12th of February, 2009 with clear message to the States that they could implement the revised-scales pending fitment table on ad hoc basis, there was no response whatsoever from them. The General Secretary pointed out that the delay had caused widespread grievance and agitation among the teachers through-out the country and the AIFUCTO National Executive expressed great concern at the continuing and avoidable impasse. Immediate action was demanded by the General Secretary to end the stalemate. Subsequently a letter was sent to Mr.Agrawal in this regard.
Release of Fitment Table
Finally the Fitment Table was released by the Secretary, MHRD on 4th June, 2009. and subsequently sent to the states by the UGC. The table deviated from the 6th CPC formula as one bunching effect was denied to the teachers in pay band four. We wrote to UGC and MHRD protesting the discrepancy and immediate rectification. However, the leadership decided to accept it under protest and started negotiations with the state governments for early implementation of the new pay scales.
Implementation of the new pay scales in states and movement programmes in states
. The Arunachal Govt. was the first to issue fixation order on ad-hoc basis and paid 40% arrears. The teachers of Haryana, under the banner of the Federation, HFUCTO built up a very strong movement and the State govt. had to issue an order to pay 40% arrears of the new pay scale. The HFUCTO adopted university-wise programs culminating in a massive Dharna in Panchkula near Chandigarh on 12.05.09 demanding implementation of MHRD order in toto. The Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organizations resorted to various programs to pressurize the Govt of Punjab for implementing the pay scales. Teachers’ associations in many other states also chalked out appropriate programs to press the demand for implementing new pay scales. Teachers’ associations of Bihar,
Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa resorted to various programs for the implementation of pay scales.
ALL the ten non-agricultural universities in Maharashtra and their affiliated colleges remained shut for 45 days since July 14, 2009 as more than 30,000 teaching staff of these institutes struck work following the call for indefinite strike given by the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organizations (MFUCTO). This strike action had been foisted on the teachers by the callous and belligerent attitude adopted by the state higher education department on the implementation of the Composite Pay Revision Scheme. The MFUCTO held demonstrations in ten university headquarters and yet again submitted memoranda to the chief minister and higher education minister reaffirming the charter of demands and resolution to proceed on indefinite cease work from July, and called for their immediate intervention. The MFUCTO executive committee intensified the cease work, and held a jail bharo before Independence Day to demand intervention by the chief minister and break the impasse. The teachers responded in big numbers to the jail bharo programme with over 10,000 courting arrest in each of the ten universities. Professor B T Deshmukh, the senior most elected member with over 30 years’ legislative experience, tendered his resignation to the chairman of the legislative council. His resignation sent shock waves throughout the political establishment and highlighted the disdain shown by the bureaucracy towards democratic institutions and elected representatives. The teachers stood firmly with the MFUCTO and maintained their impregnable unity throughout the strike, transcending various shades of political opinions and other differences. Because of the intensity and strength of the cease work, the revised pay structure of the HRD ministry was accepted by the government and duly notified. It is a testimony to the maturity of the teachers as well as the MFUCTO, who have wrested three of the last four pay revisions from the government of Maharashtra only after epic struggles!
The Secretariat, AIFUCTO expressed its solidarity with the striking teachers. Prof. Asok Barman, General Secretary, visited the state and participated in the agitation programs in Mumbai and Pune. He addressed the meetings and press conference organized by MFUCTO.The Secretariat drew the attention of Mr.Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister, HRD and Prof.S.Thorat, Chairman, UGC to the ongoing agitation and sought their intervention for the implementation of pay scales.
GENERAL SECRETARY’S PROGRAM IN DELHI ON 24TH JULY, 2009
General Secretary met and requested Mr.Kapil Sibal, Hon’le Minister, HRD to meet the AIFUCTO Secretariat to discuss various issues concerning higher education. Subsequently the General Secretary was informed that a meeting would take place on 10.08.09. The Secretariat members of AIFUCTO met Mr.Kapil Sibal and discussed the demands of AIFUCTO. A memorandum to this effect was submitted to him.
The AIFUCTO leadership instructed all affiliates to adopt appropriate programmes for an early implementation of the new UGC pay scales in toto. We acknowledge the great achievement of many of our affiliates in this regard. We also congratulate other affiliates who are fighting gallantly for the implementation of the pay scales.
The following States have implemented the pay scales: Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal, Goa, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal , Punjab , Tamilnadu, Pondicherry and Rajasthan. As only these states have implemented the revised pay scales, we are worried about the whole lot of teachers in other states for whom wage revision is still a distant dream. The revised pay scales order of Gujarat Govt. is an act of brazen violation of the Govt. of India order and is anti-teacher in nature.We condemn the stand of Gujarat Govt. and demand immediate withdrawal of the order and issue of a fresh order as per the MHRD order.
Teachers in Bihar won a legal battle as the high court passed an order in favour of teachers who petitioned for the implementation of UGC/MHRD recommendation of the superannuation age of 65 years.
Pay scales for part- timers, contractual and ad-hoc teachers, accompanists, system analysts, coaches and instructors
AIFUCTO has been demanding for a long time appropriate pay scales for all these categories of academic staff. It is a matter of great concern that nothing has been done so far. We have drawn attention of MHRD and UGC to take care of the plight of all our colleagues in these fields. There has been no improvement in the situation. We resolve to take all measures to ensure justice to our colleagues.
UGC was mandated by the MHRD to prepare appropriate regulations in the order of 31.12.2008. Since the new pay scales involved a number of aspects that needed appropriate regulations; the Secretariat attached great importance to this. The General Secretary was in constant touch with the UGC. AIFUCTO leadership demanded that the regulations should be finalized only after detailed consultations with the teachers’ organizations. We suggested that there should be a nation wide consultation on this issue as was done for and by the Chadha Committee. A detailed memorandum was submitted to the Chairman, UGC in this regard. Prof.Thorat, accepted the suggestion of AIFUCTO for a nation wide discussion. Accordingly meetings were held in Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata and Delhi. The General Secretary was present in all the meetings other than the Pune meeting. Prof.Mankar, Prof Tapati Mukhopadhya, Prof.K.C.Ajwalia all office bearers led the discussions in the Pune meeting. Prof.Laxminarayan, Prof.R.Halesh, ProfJayaGandhi, Prof.K.G.Palani all AIFUCTO office bearers, Prof.A.M.Narahari and other leaders took part in the discussion at Hyderabad. In the Delhi meeting, the President and the General Secretary presented AIFUCTO’s views on the draft regulation and submitted a detailed document.
The General Secretary was in constant touch with the UGC Chairman and Secretary to monitor the progress of the work and at the same time demanded an early announcement of the regulations.
A meeting took place on 22.09.09 at Delhi. The meeting was attended by the UGC Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Joint Secretary and the General Secretary, AIFUCTO and the leadership of FEDCUTA. Prof.Thorat reported that the Expert Committee had submitted the final report to the UGC. The leaders in the meeting demanded the report should be made public and comments invited before the finalization of the same .Prof.Thorat accepted the demand and accordingly a copy was mailed to the General Secretary, AIFUCTO. Further, the same was put on UGC website so that all stakeholders could present their feedback. The General Secretary contacted all state leaders, office bearers and former leaders through telephone,e-mail and posting in the website and requested them to send feedback immediately. On the basis of all inputs a document was prepared by the Secretariat.
General Secretary’s meeting with UGC on 8th October, 2009
General Secretary had a meeting with Dr.R.K.Chauhan, Secretary, UGC and Dr.K.C.Pathak and submitted the feedback on the report of the regulations committee. He informed UGC that the Ahamedabad conference would take up the issue and we might have to submit a rejoinder. He requested Dr.Chauhan that the AIFUCTO leadership should be invited to meet the Commission members for a discussion before the finalization of the regulations.
The AIFUCTO Secretariat is taking great care and constantly monitoring the progress in respect of the regulations so that proper, justified and inclusive regulations are framed.
NEC MEETING ON 4-1-2009.
The National Executive Committee of AIFUCTO met at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi on 4.1.2009 to take stock of the situation arising from MHRD notification dated 31.12.2008 on UGC scales of pay for college and university teachers. More than 100 NEC members attended the meeting.
The NEC While welcoming the decision for placement of Selection Grade Lecturers /Readers in pay band IV noted that important challenges lay ahead of implementation. There was a comprehensive discussion on all pending issues. A large number of NEC members presented their views and analysed the MHRD Notification and also presented their suggestions for the future course of action. It is this NEC meet that authorized the Secretariat to finalize the CHARTER OF DEMANDS and a PROGRAMME OF ACTION for putting pressure on the Central/State Governments and the UGC for timely implementation of the scales, in accordance with the modifications demanded by AIFUCTO. The NEC also authorized the Secretariat to take appropriate decision on framing by-laws for the conduct of organizational elections. Accordingly Election By-laws were adopted in the Bhubaneswar NEC meeting.
Secretariat Meeting on 4.1.09
The AIFUCTO Secretariat which met immediately after the NEC meeting finalized the AIFUCTO CHARTER OF DEMANDS for the implementation of UGC Pay scales throughout the country with immediate effect, a copy of which is attached herewith. The Secretariat also decided to simultaneously address UGC, MHRD and the State Governments on the basis of the charter of demands to ensure timely implementation of the scales in accordance with AIFUCTO Charter. Accordingly, it was decided to hold massive demonstrations at all state capitals on 28-1-09 and at Delhi on 23.2.2009.The slogan for both Programmes was to be the same: IMPLEMENT UGC SCALES AND AIFUCTO CHARTER OF DEMANDS. While appropriate forms of demonstrations could be decided state wise, the Delhi Programme was decided as: DHARNA at JANTAR MANTAR from 10 AM to I PM , to be followed by a MARCH TO PARLIAMENT at I PM. All the affiliates were requested to ensure maximum participation for the demonstrations at the program in the State Capitals and Dharma at Delhi.
NEC meeting held on 23.03.09 at Bhubaneswar ,Orissa
The NEC meeting condoled the untimely demise of Prof.L.N.Pandey, Vice President, AIFUCTO and General Secretary, FUPUCTA . The meeting paid glowing tributes to the departed leader for the outstanding contribution he made to the teachers’ movement of Uttar Pradesh and AIFUCTO. A condolence resolution was adopted.
Prof. Thomas Joseph, president, observed that the final stage of pay revision was in progress and all steps were to be taken to complete the remaining tasks. He also observed that the forthcoming general election was an opportunity to strengthen the democratic and secular forces of the country for inclusive development.
The General Secretary presented a detailed report on the latest developments regarding the progress of the pay revision process. Though UGC informed in the letter dated 28th February that the fitment table would be issued as and when available from MHRD, till date it had not been issued. However, Mr. Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary reiterated that the states could proceed to fix the teachers in new pay scales on ad hoc basis.
Though a number of states initiated the process of pay fixation, only two states, namely West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh had issued pay revision orders and Tamil Nadu teachers received an ad hoc payment of three months salary. It was this NEC meeting which resolved to urge the UGC to take up the issue of fitment table and also write to the state govts.to implement the scales without waiting for the fitment table. This NEC further resolved to urge the UGC to finalize the UGC Regulations after consultations with the teachers’ organizations as was discussed at the meeting of 23.02.09 with the UGC chairman. It was also resolved to urge the UGC not to have separate regulations for the minority institutions as was expressed in a few press reports.
Prof.B.Viijay Kumar, General Secretary, FISE narrated the recent activities of FISE and gave a call to strengthen the movement against liberalization, privatization and globalization, led by World Federation of Trade Unions.
Prof.K.G. Palani, General Secretary, TNGCTA was elected as the Zonal Secretary (S