Seeking speedy appointment to over 3,000 vacant teachers’ posts in government colleges across the state, especially in rural colleges, the Tamil Nadu government college teachers association (TNGCTA) has called for a government order to convert constituent colleges into government colleges in the state.
Close to 300 teachers took part in a day-long hunger strike near central bus stand on Sunday. This is the third time that the teachers are coming onthe road following a signature campaign and protest in front of colleges.
Inaugurating the protest meeting, former state president of TNGCTA, M K Kandasamy urged the government to make speedy appointment in a fair manner as further delay in appointments would take a toll on the quality of education in government colleges.
“There has not been any progress in converting 41 constituent colleges in the state to government colleges after the announcement by the chief minister in June this year. This has delayed the process of conversion resulting in confusion,” said TNGCTA zonal president, J Charles Selvaraj. Therefore, government must take measures to pass an order in this regard, he stressed. “Adoption of the University Grants Commission (UGC) regulations 2018 by state government has been our main demand,” said A Gopalakrishnan, TNGCTA state treasurer.
Be it awarding professor to government college teachers or incentives for M.Phil and PhD, adoption of UGC regulations by the state government is essential, he said. Career advancement has been pending for teachers in the state despite UGC relaxing the norms, he added.
The executive council of TNGCTA will meet on October 21 in Chennai. It is planning to intensify the agitation by ways of indefinite hunger strike if there is no response from the TN government.