Indore: DAVV EC clears promotions of self-financing course teachers

Indore: Despite objection raised by some members representing state government, the executive council of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) on Thursday approved promotion of teachers appointed to teach self-financing courses. These teachers were awaiting this benefit under career advancing scheme (CAS) for past two years. Self-financing courses are financed through students’ fee.

 “We are happy that the good sense prevailed. The decision was delayed but not denied,” said Dr Nagendra Sohani, president of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Teachers Association (DEVTA). Interviews of nearly 12 self-financing course teachers were taken under CAS about two years ago. Then, someone lodged a complaint with Raj Bhawan claiming that the university was illegally giving CAS benefit to such teachers.

The complainant had claimed that such teachers are appointed for a particular course and their services are availed till the course is offered. It was also claimed that an exit policy was made by the government, which has no mention of promotion or increments for teachers appointed to teach self-financing course.

Due to this complaint, their promotion was held back. At a meeting held in June, the EC had decided to take advice from department of higher education in this regard. But in last meeting when the minutes of June meeting were placed for approval, two new EC members Prakash C Bartuniya and Ravi Verma sought time to study the matter.

On Thursday, Bartuniya stated that there was nothing wrong and CAS benefit should be given to teachers appointed for self-financing courses. Some other EC members supported Bartuniya but Prof KN Chaturvedi, HS Anijwal, Kusumlata Nigwal and Sumitra Waskel, who are government representative in the EC, objected to the proposal saying that DHE’s advice should be taken into the matter. However, Bartuniya’s proposal was accepted.

Increments approved

The EC also approved a proposal for giving increments to teachers of self-financing courses. After the CAS issue hit the deadlock, the university administration has also halted increments citing exit policy. But the proposal for giving increments was passed when a group of nearly 60 self-financing course teachers approached EC members and threatened to stop work.

Auditorium to be named after AB Vajpayee

DAVV auditorium would be named after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who died on August 16 after prolonged illness. EC member Alok Dawar put a proposal to this effect before EC at the meeting. The EC approved it.

Makkhar expresses annoyance

EC member Ragini Makkhar got angry when a proposal to withdraw her as chairman of unfair means (UFM) committee was brought in EC meeting. She said that it was an insult to her. “If I am to be removed, then why was I appointed on the post?” she sought to know from the EC. She was told that EC member who is also a teacher in government college can only be appointed in UFM committee. As there was nobody to fit the criteria before, she was nominated for time being.

Committee for better evaluation system

A three member committee comprising Prof VB Gupta, Prof Ashok Sharma and HS Anijwal was constituted by EC for strengthening the evaluation system. The committee would have to prepare guidelines for the scrutiny of answer books so that results can be churned out fast. The decision came as EC member Alok Dawar raised the issue of delay in results of nearly 1.5 lakh students of BA, BSc and BCom first year.

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