GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - A seven-member delegation of Gauhati University Teachers� Association (GUTA), headed by its president Professor Jogen Chandra Kalita, met State�s Education Minister Sarat Barkataky at his Dispur official residence here on December 4, 2015 and submitted a memorandum requesting for immediate release of remaining portion of the University Grants Commission (UGC) arrear pay and financial grants to Gauhati University (GU), stated a press release here today.
The delegation, which comprised Dr Jagadish Sarma, general secretary, Dr Baharul Ali, joint secretary, Prof SP Goswami, former president, Prof Kuntala Patra, former vice-president, Prof Akhil Ranjan Dutta, former general secretary and Dr Dhruba Jyoti Saharia, former general secretary.
The delegation expressed its deep regards and gratitude to the Government of Assam for the initiative it has taken in getting a major portion the UGC arrear pay (6th Pay Commission) released, and also for enhancing the retirement age up to 65 years for the Professors.
However, at this point GUTA has urged upon the Education Minister to take urgent measures to release the remaining portion of the last UGC arrear pay, which has been long overdue. A considerable portion of the said arrear is yet to be released even as the Government of India is considering seriously about implementing the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. The delegation, therefore, requested the Minister to take necessary steps to get the same released without further delay.
The provision for payment of pension for GU employees by the Government has been incorporated in the GU Act vide its latest amendment in 2013. The delegation also earnestly requested him to take necessary measures for regularising the payment of pension to the retired employees of GU.
Though Gauhati University boasts of its leadership in enhancing higher education and research in the region for the last 68 years, it has been suffering from a lot of shortcomings so far as infrastructure is concerned. The teachers� quarters, student�s hostels, employee�s residential facilities, laboratories-infrastructures and computer facilities are in a very bad shape; conservation of water bodies, drainage and internal road conditions, developing an independent campus also need immediate attention. Keeping all this in mind, it would be highly appreciated if the Government of Assam sanctions a special package for the development of infrastructure of this premier institute of the region, the delegation demanded.