Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Joining the nationwide agitation called by Federation of Central University Teachers’ Association (FEDCUTA) and the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO), teachers of Mizoram University under the aegis of Mizoram University Teachers’ Association (MIZUTA) on Tuesday (22 August, 2017) observed black day to protest against the possible move of cutting down the centre’s assistance to states for implementation of UGC Seventh Pay Revision. Hundreds of teachers joined the agitation at the MZU campus and wore black badges.
MIZUTA has been urging the centre government to implement seventh pay for the university and college teachers.
After the five member UGC Pay Revision committee, headed by Prof V S Chauhan submitted its recommendations, including a 20 per cent hike among others, to the MHRD in February this year, the centre cabinet is still to take a call.
MIZUTA protested against the Non declaration of the Chauhan Pay Review Committee Report, and the Government’s agenda for Privatisation and Commercialisation of our Universities and Colleges into self-financing institutions through “Graded Autonomy” and “Autonomous Colleges”.
An appeal was made to all teachers to wear BLACK RIBBON in solidarity with the country-wide agitation by University and College teachers, to demonstrate their solidarity, co-operation and fight for a common cause.
Among others, the demands of MIZUTA includes stoppage of privatisation and commercialisation of educational institutions, abrogation of the idea of ‘graded autonomy’ to universities and colleges and stoppage of cutting down financial and budgetary funds for higher educational and research institutions.