Allow homework or face moving, warn teachers in Punjab: The Tribune India
Patiala, May 5
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to launch a protest demanding that they be allowed to work from home due to the surge in Covid cases.
PCCTU chairman Dr Vinay Sofat said the union raised the request with the office of the higher education secretary, but the matter was referred to the Home Office.
âThis despite the fact that Guru Nanak Dev University (GND), Amritsar, has allowed its teachers to work from home,â he said. Higher Education Minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa also assured them of permission to work from home, he added.
The union also demanded that monthly college grants be paid. “The salaries of more than 2,000 teachers and 1,500 non-teaching civil servants from 136 assisted colleges were not credited after February,” he added.
Higher Education Secretary VK Meena said: âThey raised their request with our office. We prepared a proposal and sent it to the Home Office. The chief minister’s office will make a decision on this. He said: “GND University is an autonomous body that can make its own decisions.”
Responding to the question of salaries, director of public instruction (colleges), Paramjit Singh said the grants had not been disbursed due to changes in budget allocation. âSome colleges have not submitted the mandatory grant utilization certificates. Now we have decided to block the granting of these colleges and will be disbursing the grants from the other colleges within a week. “- TNS