The Federation of University and College Teachers' Associations in Karnataka has threatened a statewide protest on March 12 to press for their demands, including payment of arrears to the teachers by the Union and State Governments.
Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, T.M. Manjunath, general secretary of the federation, said the teachers were yet to receive arrears to the tune of around Rs. 970 crore (Rs. 830 crore from the Union Government and the rest from the State Government).
“The arrears of senior teachers comes to more than Rs. 6 lakh each. This was the amount that should have been given in 2006 itself. Considering six years' worth of interest, the figure wil be higher,” said Ningamaraiah, vice-president of the Karnataka State College Teachers' Association.
Apart from government college lecturers, Mr. Manjunath said even private college lecturers would join the protest. Overall, he expected the participation of around 13,000 teachers across the State, who will sport black bands on March 12.
“We will commence classes as usual, but will wear black bands as a sign of protest. After the classes are over, we will stage a protest in front of the Department of Collegiate Education,” he said.
The protest in front of department would serve another purpose for the protesting lecturers — opposing the new location of the department. “Earlier, we had a proper office on Palace Road. However, now the department is running out the basement of the Multi-Storey Building. We demand that it be shifted back,” said M. Madhumati, a lecturer.
The list of demands which they intend to submit to the officials of the department include the resolution of discrepancies in the University Grants Commission (UGC) regulation and reforms in the recruitment rules for teachers in the State.