College teachers belonging to the Kerala Private College Teachers' Association have expressed the apprehension that the decision of the Mahatma Gandhi University authorities to implement changes in the annual holiday regime would invite a legal predicament for them as they were bound by the Kerala Service Rules and Kerala Education Rules.
Speaking to mediapersons, association president M.C. Dileep Kumar and media convener Santhosh K. Joseph said that the decision to split the annual holidays from the continuous two months during April-May, to May and November under the aided and public sector colleges under the university, had created a difficult situation since all the other universities were following the old system.
According to them, the decision had been implemented without consulting all concerned and making necessary amendments in the Service Rules. “This has put a question mark on the salary disbursal and also distribution of pension for those who retire this year,” they said.
The institutions would find it difficult to account for one month's service for those retiring in March as they would have already taken the month-long holidays during November. On the other hand, teachers who join the university from other universities would have to satisfy themselves with a one-month holiday.