Jharkhand: Denied promotion for over a decade, varsity teachers urge UGC’s intervention

Ranchi: As many as 555 teachers engaged in different universities of Jharkhand are upset over lack of promotions for more than a decade and have jointly submitted a memorandum to Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais under the banner of Federation of University Teachers Association of Jharkhand (FUTAJ) on October 5 seeking his intervention. The All India Federation of University & College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO), of which FUTAJ is an affiliate, too on the other hand wrote letters to the Governor and the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Sunday (October 10) urging for their urgent intervention to the long pending demands.

According to the letter and memorandum by FUTAJ about 555 university/college teachers of the state who were appointed in 2008 are denied promotion as well as increase in academic grade pay (ACP) since their appointment.

“This is very humiliating and painful,” they rued, adding that these teachers constitute nearly 80% of the total strength of the varsities. has the copies of the letters and the memorandum that was submitted to the Governor.

Criticizing the state government, AIFUCTO in its the letter stated, “The government of Jharkhand did not extend the career advancement scheme (CAS), which was effective from 27.7.1998 beyond 31.12.2008 and brought a new Statute on 6.8.2021 based on UGC regulation 2018 (bypassing the UGC Regulation 2010). So there is no Statute from 1.1.2009 to 5.8.2021 which could govern the service condition, including promotion of teachers, due during this period. This gap of Statute violates the principle/provisions of the Jharkhand State University Act 2000.”

The neighbouring state of Bihar, from which Jharkhand was carved out in 2000, has also brought a new Statute based on UGC Regulation 2018 (bypassing the UGC Regulation 2010) but has extended the CAS 2005 (also effective from 27.7.1998) so that no Statute-gap remains and that teachers could get their promotion from the due date. It is a known fact that the Jharkhand State University Act 2000 is an adaptation of the Bihar State University Act,” read the letter.

It has demanded that the mandate for promotion of teachers rest with the University, like it has been followed in Bihar. “But in Jharkhand, promotion of university/college teachers is done through the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC), which in turn is a violation of the autonomy of university system. This is also one of the major reasons behind stagnation in the career of teachers,” said the letter.

Ruing about their problems, professor Arun Kumar, general secretary of AIFUCTO said that now the situation in Jharkhand is such that there aren’t enough eligible professors who could apply for the post of vice chancellor in different universities of the state and country. “AIFUCTO demands that the entire promotion process of university/college teachers followed in Jharkhand must be reviewed and has sought UGCs urgent intervention,” he said.