Teachers from a number of universities under the banner of the Federation of Central Universities Teachers' Associations took out a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar here on Thursday, protesting against the allegedly negative service conditions outlined by the University Grants Commission.

A delegation of teachers, including Delhi University Teachers' Association members, met Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and submitted a memorandum of demands.

Some of the demands included withdrawal of requirement of a certain number of publications for promotion from assistant professor to associate professor under the Career Advancement Scheme owing to lack of research infrastructure in colleges and existing heavy burden of teaching.

Alleging that there was no transparency in the quantification of teaching and research activities in the form of academic performance indicators and performance based appraisal system, the teachers demanded the disbanding of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell.

The delegation further pointed out the problems and inconsistencies involved in the allotment of scores for publications in foreign and referred journals.

Demands were put forward for making changes in promotion based regulations besides establishing parity in the pay of professors and removing other aberrations in pay scales.

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