Indore : Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV)’s contractual employees, appointed under self-finance scheme, staged a protest at the main entrance of UTD campus on Monday to protest against delay in regularization process.

Sporting black bands, the employees protested for two hours but no varsity official went to pacify them.

“This attitude of university officials shows that they care less about our issues,” said Gajendra Parmar, general secretary of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) Self-Finance (non-teaching) Employees Association.

For past some years, the self-finance employees have been demanding regularization their services. Last year, the State Government heeded their request and sanctioned 253 posts directing the university to fill the posts giving preference to the already working contractual employees.

“Despite directions from the government to regularise us at the earliest, the university took one year hiding behind the excuse of completing official formalities,” an employee Sapna said. She said that the employees have been working on a paltry salary of Rs 5000 to Rs 6000 pm for years.

The association called for an indefinite strike from August 14 if they were not given a date for their regularization.

Scrutiny of documents has been done and a provisional list of contractual employees to be regularized has also been prepared. But the employees still fear that the process of their regularization may be put into a cold store following upcoming change of guard at the VC’s office.

With Vice Chancellor DP Singh’s appointment as Director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the coveted post in the university is going to be vacated after August 15 and an acting vice chancellor would be appointed.

The employees fear that the acting vice chancellor may not take major policy decision of regularizing as many as 253 employees.

Moved by this fear, the employees have called for a strike to build pressure on the university to give a date for their regularization.

“If the DAVV does not give a date for our regularization, we will go for an indefinite strike from August 14 and paralyze official functioning at DAVV,” Parmar reiterated.

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