Gujarat college teachers to write letters and sign those in blood

Letters signed with blood will soon flood chief minister Narendra Modi’s office. This is the next phase of college teachers’ agitationagainst the state government’s decision to implement its own pay scale instead of the one recommended by University Grants Commission (UGC).

"On Tuesday, teachers from colleges and universities across the state will gather at their respective institutes to write letters and sign those in blood," said KS Shastri, president of Gujarat teachers’ federation.

"The letters which will be addressed to the chief minister will in one paragraph drive home the point - implement the pay scale of UGC with immediate effect," said Shastri.

The next phase of the agitation will be burning of the government resolution (GR). The GR was issued recently by the state government to block UGC’s pay scale and introduce state government’s pay structure that is significantly lesser than the one recommended.

On Monday the three-day seminar of All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFUCTO) concluded. The participants college teachers from across the country decided that the agitation in Gujarat will spread to other parts of the country.

"College teachers across the country will take up cudgels on behalf of the teachers in Gujarat. In other states too, ill-treatment being meted out to professors, readers and lecturers of colleges and universities in Gujarat will be protested," said members of AIFUCTO.

The theme of the seminar was focused on higher education in India and the challenges it faces. Participants presented 50 research papers on this topic.

Source : Times of India.

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