Students suffer as unpaid IGNOU teachers go on strike

SHABIR AHMAD

Anantnag: While the counselors of the Indra Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) continue to be on strike against the non-payment of their dues, scores of students Sunday held protests alleging that the university authorities are playing with their career.
Dozens of students pursuing various graduate and post-graduate courses through the university staged protests within the premises of Degree College Khanabal, one of the biggest study centers of the university.
The protesting students complained that due to the strike by the university councilors their studies have been badly affected. “None of the counselors the university has hired has been attending any class from last three weeks. We come here every Sunday and return without taking any class as the councilors who have not been paid their dues by the university authorities have gone on strike,” said a post graduate protesting student, Arif Ahmad Mir.
He said that the university authorities are playing with the career of thousands of students by failing to convince its counselor. Another, female student, Sabreena Bashir said that if university authorities immediately meet the demand of its councilors so that the students don’t suffer. “We cannot force our counselor to deliver the lecture when he has not been paid even a single a single penny from last more than a year,” she said.
Admitting that the counselors engaged by the university for teaching purpose remain unpaid for last more than a year, coordinator of the study center, Dr Ali Mohammad, said, “No doubt the students are suffering due to the strike by the counselors but the demand of the later is genuine too. I many a time raised the issue with the regional director but unfortunately nothing was done.”
He said that the director these days is on leave. “Once he resumes his duty i will seriously take up the issue with him again,” he said.