Teachers of various colleges, mostly professional colleges are facing the brunt of lockdown and a sharp decline in the number of students opting for some of these courses. Engineering colleges are the worst sufferers during the last few years. Almost half of their seats remain vacant.
Many teachers were not paid salaries regularly or had to work with lesser payments. In a recent incident, six teachers were removed from service by Priyadarshini Engineering College management. The teachers had hed discussion with the Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. The teachers are being supported by Nagpur University Teachers Association (NUTA).
The termination orders were handed over to the teachers on Monday. They staged demonstrations and later held discussions with the VC Dr Subhash Chaudhari. The teachers had lodged a complaint against the college management about the problems they are facing. A committee led by senior Management Council member Dr R G Bhoyar had submitted an interim report to the VC. It had also stated that during the enquiry the teachers should not be pressurised by the management. However, the management removed them from service.
The teachers have stated that if suitable action is not initiated by the management, they will place the issue before the NAAC committee, visiting the college in the first week of September.