CTA demands restoration of incentives for PhD degrees

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Prof Ashai seeks immediate intervention of authorities

Srinagar: Expressing strong resentment over the delay in restoration of PhD and MPhil increments for assistant professors working in various degree colleges of the state, the College Teachers Association (CTA) has appealed authorities particularly the advisor to Governor Khurshid Ganai and Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education, Sarita Chouhan to address the “genuine” concern of the college teaching fraternity.
According to a CTA press release, a meeting of the association was held at Government College for Education, M A Road in this regard.
The meeting was chaired by CTA president Prof Tariq Ashai and attended by a large number of “aggrieved” PhD assistant professors, the statement said adding that the presidium members including Prof Riyaz, Prof Samina Yesvi, Prof Farooq and others were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Prof Ashai asserted that CTA has been pursuing the matter seriously right from the time when UGC guidelines regarding the restoration of incentives were issued. He expressed anguish over the “unnecessary delay” in the matter.
“The college teachers were getting incentives for PhD and MPhil until January 2016 when the incentives were scrapped by UGC, but in June 2018 guidelines, UGC restored the incentives after country-wide agitation of college and university teachers organised by All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) and Federation of College and University Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA),” Prof Ashai said adding that the restoration of incentives has been implemented by all the states of the country including Kashmir University and Jammu University.
He said the delay in the implementation of UGC guidelines with respect to the restoration of incentives for PhD degree will not only affect the motivation for pursuing higher qualification, but will also demoralise the teaching fraternity and will tell upon the research culture which has already gained momentum over the years in various degree colleges of the state.
The statement said an empowered core committee was constituted in the meeting which will assist CTA to devise modus operandi for further course of action in this regard if the problem is not addressed in near future.