By IFP Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Sep 7: The Federation of College Teachers’ Association, Manipur (FECTAM) has reiterated its demand for the implementation of 6th UGC pay scale in view of uplifting the standards of higher education in the state.
A release from the federation stated that the college teachers are demanding 6th UGC pay scale in accordance with the UGC scheme which has been adopted by the colleges and universities of the state since 1973 and the said scheme has been revised from time to time.
However, the indifferent attitude of the state government towards the implementation of 6th UGC pay scale has aggravated the issue and caused anxiety amongst the college teachers, it said.
The release further maintained that the UGC scheme which aims to strengthen the higher education sector of the country should be deliberated by all. The new revised pay scale would not only benefit the college teachers but it would also help to draw more qualified youths into the teaching profession, it noted.
The minimum qualification for a college teacher is at least 55 percent marks in master’s degree with NET/SET qualified or PhD and hence the teachers deserve higher pay scale right from their entry level. The college teachers are also entitled to get special academic grade pay at par with the civil servants as per the Chadha Committee Report, it asserted.
Lastly, the federation has decided to intensify the movement if the concerned authority fails to fulfill the demands of the college teachers as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the college teachers have decided to take mass casual leave on September 16 as a part of the democratic movement demanding the implementation of 6th UGC pay scale in the state.