Ravenshaw University Teachers launched indefinite ‘dharna’


Cuttack:  Ravenshaw University Teachers Association (RUTA) have called for an indefinite dharna before the Vice Chancellor’s office here since last Saturday protesting for fulfillment of their longstanding four-point charter of demands.

Earlier, RUTA had resorted to their token strike wearing black badge.

RUTA Secretary Bikram Keshari Mishra has said that their promotions are yet to be, service books have not been returned for the last three years, no support staff, one-third of the actual teaching staff strength at present in Ravenshaw are shouldering the whole burden. He said that they are working like clerks in their respective departments by doing around 80 percent non-teaching work.

It may be noted here that their four charter demand includes;

  • Promotion- While the Government’s gazette notification for promotion has already been a year old, it is not yet been implemented in the said university.
  • Service book- The service books of our 22 teachers have been sent to the Chancellor for the last three years and yet to be back here. Hence, those teachers are being devoid of pay fixation and promotion.
  • Pension- Although amount from our salary is being deducted at source meant for the pension purpose, the amount deducted for the initial two years is yet to be transferred by the university to their respective pension accounts.
  • Support Staff- Not a single support staff employed at present in any one of their departments there. The teachers are simultaneously doing the job of a clerk too. Hence, quality of education, research work, etc is being affected.

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