Raipur, Dec 3
The issue of 7th Pay Commission recommendation benefits for the university staff and employees was strongly raised by the universities in the Standing Committee Meeting of the universities, held on Wednesday. The vice chancellors of all state-run universities attended the meeting chaired by Higher Education Secretary Dhananjay Dewangan.
The vice chancellors requested in the meeting to mention the name of university when notification on pay commission is issued by the state government, said sources in the higher education department. The vice chancellors said in the meeting that government employees of all the departments, including colleges, are eligible to have the benefits of 7th Pay Commission recommendations, but staff of universities are deprived of it. It was decided in the meeting to move forward this issue to the University Coordination Committee headed by the Governor. The Coordination Committee is also attended by the Chief Minister, Finance Minister, Higher Education Minister and other ministers apart from the Higher Education Secretary.
Several other important issues related to courses and academic calendar were discussed in the meeting. One of the vice chancellors urged to approve the proposal of making MCA a two year course instead of 3 years. An elaborate discussion on self-reliant was held and vice chancellors put their suggestions on the same during the meeting. The vice chancellors informed in the meeting about the lack of proper set-up and teachers in the universities which has become a major hurdle for the implementation of all UGC projects and other activities. The Vice Chancellors laid emphasis on the Improvement of facilities in the universities.
Meanwhile, the vice chancellors will be submitting their reports on the reopening of universities and colleges on Saturday. It is learnt that the state government is planning to start academic activities in the colleges and universities in the month of January. However, a final decision will be taken only after the study of the reports of the vice chancellors. Higher Education Secretary Dhananjay Dewangan said that the state government will take a call on the reopening of institutions on the basis of Vice Chancellors’ reports. Dewangan, however, said that the Higher Education Minister can comment on 7th Pay Commission.