TRICHY: A section of teachers of Urumu Dhanalakshmi College (UDC) here have taken a life insurance cover of 1 crore fearing threat to their life at workplace. Tussle between a group of teachers representing the association of university teachers (AUT) and the college management has led to this situation. Recommended By Colombia The standoff which was marked by police complaints and counter-complaints has reached new heights with seven permanent teachers among a dozen representing AUT in the college being booked by Thiruverumbur police.
This was based on a complaint from college secretary K Ramakrishnan accusing them of unauthorised assembly in front of his office. Out of 12 teachers, eight have insured themselves under a risk policy for 1 crore while the others are awaiting medical examination. Teachers who claimed they were victimised by the college management, alleged that they had been subjected to gross misconduct by the latter. “The management doesn’t want to be questioned by teachers on any matter.
Those who raise their voice are subjected to harassment by way of inquiry that would go on till midnight. Our family members too have not been spared as they receive threat calls demanding that we mend our ways,” said a teacher. “Recently a college teacher was beaten up by a group of students. There wasn’t any action against the students. Instead, teachers were warned of dire consequences by the management,” said another teacher on request of anonymity.
“Now that there is no guarantee of our safety in the college and we have no other option but to continue, we decided to insure our life considering the future of our family. Many of us are the sole breadwinners of our families,” said another teacher. College principal D Christy Selvarani said that the agitating teachers didn’t bring their grievance to her notice. Instead, they chose to agitate under the banner of teacher’s association. Asked if she had made any attempts to carry out talks with the teachers, she said they were found guilty of misconduct and resisted when appropriate action was taken. However, the teachers rejected her claims and said that they had been meeting the principal since August last year to seek an appointment with the secretary to sort out the issue.