Pondy varsity teachers' plea

PONDICHERRY, MAY 8. The teachers of Pondicherry University under the banner of `Academics for Harmony' presented a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor seeking his intervention to end the strike of non-teaching staff of the University.

The strike launched twenty days ago by the employees has upset the examination schedule and other related activities in the University. The non-teaching staff launched a dharna today as part of their agitation seeking withdrawal of cases filed by the University management against the office-bearers.

The memorandum said that the expeditious settlement of the problem was necessary as the strike is about to cause havoc to the thousands of students. The name and fame of the University would be damaged in the next academic year, they feared.

The teachers said that thousands of final year undergraduate and post graduate students in various colleges affiliated to the University would find it extremely difficult to get admissions into the PG or research programmes.

This would mean a loss of one academic year for the students. A spokesman of the teachers forum said that the memorandum stressed that the teachers owed very much to the students in their academic career. Students studying in the University from foreign courtries and far off states were virtually stranded without any clue to the next stage of action.

The memorandum also stated that the morale of the employees would become quite low if the present tussle goes on. The teachers wanted the University to withdraw the police cases filed against some of the employees of the University as a gesture of goodwill.