College teachers stage dharna for permanency

SEEKING A BETTER DEAL: President of Federation of University and College Teachers Associations in Karnataka, A.M. Narahari, addressing teachers in Mangalore on Saturday. Photo: R. Eswarraj  

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Degree college teachers of Government-aided private colleges and unaided colleges staged a dharna in front of the office of the Joint Director of Collegiate Education, here on Saturday, to urge the Government to regularise the services of temporary teachers in colleges.

The dharna was organised by the Association of Mangalore University College Teachers (AMUCT).

B. Nagaraj Shetty, Minister for Fisheries and Endowment and district in-charge, who arrived on the spot, assured the teachers that he would look into their demands.

The Minister said that the Government was aware of the problems of teachers.

Mr. Shetty said that he would convey the problems of teachers to the Government.

President of the AMUCT Joselyn T. Lobo and general secretary Ummappa Poojary P. submitted a memorandum to the Minister.

They also submitted a memorandum to D.H. Shankaramurthy, Minister for Higher Education, through Linda Christy, Joint Director, Collegiate Education, Mangalore region.

Addressing teachers, A.M. Narahari, president of the Federation of University and College Teachers Associations in Karnataka (FUCTAK), alleged that managements of many colleges were paying poor salary to temporary teachers. Some of them were paying Rs. 1,500 a month as salary to such teachers and were getting 10 per cent extra work done by them than the normal stipulated periods of teaching, he said.