BHOPAL : Backed by non-teaching staff members, state university teachers have announced to go on indefinite strike on July 24 in protest against State Government’s proposed bill allowing their transfer and recruitment of new teachers through MP Public Service Commission.

Barkatullah University Teacher Association (BUTA) members on Monday held a sit-in in protest against the government’s move, and got support of 8-9 former vice-chancellors, civil society members including former chief minister SC Behar and former DGP Arun Gurtu, who described the government’s decision as ‘unconstitutional’. “If the decision is converted into a law by passing the amendment bill, it would be unlawful and unconstitutional as higher education is in concurrent list of the Constitution and the Government has to get approval on it of MHRD and UGC,” said BUTA president Prof HS Yadav.

Non-teaching staff of BU also joined them on sit-in and extended support for further indefinite strike. “Teachers and clerical staff in all state universities would go on indefinite strike from July 24 in protest against the bill if the government is not ready to withdraw it,” Yadav said.

Before this, the university teacher’s association will hold meeting of its executive. They will meet Governor and Chancellor Ram Naresh Yadav who has agreed to give them time.  “The governor and chancellor has given us time for meeting on Tuesday. We will put our grievances before him with a request not to give his nod to the amendment bill if it is passed by Legislative Assembly.

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