Thursday, August 28, 2008

Centre, UGC to consider demands of teachers

Sirsi, Mar 15 (UNI) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has agreed to consider the long-pending demands of All India Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation (AIFUCTO).

Karnataka University College Teachers' Association President Prof Lingaraj R Angadi, also AIFUCTO Executive Committee Member, told reporters here today that an assurance to this effect was given by UGC Chairman Sukhadeo S Thorat and Union Human Resources Development Ministry Secretary Sudeep Banarjee when a AIFUCTO delegation, led by its President Thomas Joseph, met them in New Delhi recently.

He said the AIFUCTO members had also staged a dharna in front of the UGC at New Delhi recently, urging the Union Government to fulfil their demands.

They were demanding, among other things, abrogation of privatisation and commercialisation of education from primary to university, concrete government order on constituting the Sixth Pay Commission and UGC Pay Review Committee, deletion of negative features in Central Advisory Board for Education Committee's Report on Autonomy and 50 per cent merger of Dearness Allowance with basic pay for all employees of colleges and varsities.

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