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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Non-teaching staff taking classes, allege varsity profs

Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 18

Professors at the Punjabi University have alleged that non-teaching employees were being handed over their work. An assistant professor at the university has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleging that her classes had been re-allocated to non-teaching staff "to reduce her workload", thus violating the university calendar and UGC norms.

Simmi, an Associate Professor at the Department of Dance, in her writ petition, stated that her classes of PG Diploma in folk dances of Punjab were handed over to two technical assistants, who are ineligible for the work, without informing her. This had been done to make her ineligible for promotion as a professor, she claimed. The case, filed against university Vice-Chancellor, Dean (Academics), head of the Department of Dance and two technical assistants of the department, was taken for hearing on July 27. Its next hearing is scheduled for September 16.

Simmi said: "The exam papers of the subjects that I teach were also given to the non-teaching technical employees."

Through the writ petition, she has demanded that the university should not be permitted to "violate the UGC regulations, 2010, by allowing ineligible persons to perform the duties of teaching staff."

Indira Bali, Head, Department of Dance, said she was not in a position to comment on the matter as it was sub-judice.

Meanwhile, officials of other departments alleged that they were facing a similar situation. Another associate professor said: "A one-year PG diploma course with 50 students is being run by one of the departments with the help of non-teaching officials in evening hours. The department does not have teachers."



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