August 20, 2018

Varsity sets terms for teachers’ salary

Patna: Patna University has asked its teachers to attach a report on the extra-curricular activities undertaken in their departments, along with their salary-related bills, to be entitled for their next month’s remuneration.

The university will not entertain salary-related bills without the report on the previous month’s extra-curricular activities.

University’s newly appointed registrar Colonel (Rtd) Manoj Mishra has written a letter to all head of departments (postgraduate), principals of colleges and directorate of institutes to submit the activity reports along with the salary-related bills.

The letter, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, mentions that without the activity reports, salary-related bills will not be forwarded to the account section for payment of next month’s remuneration.

The university, which has asked teachers to submit the activity reports, along with photographs, aims to create a healthier academic environment with the new directive.

Every month the Patna University teachers submit details of their basic pay, dearness allowance, house rent, medical and other expenses.

The activity details will not be part of the teaching and academic activities undertaken. The extra-curricular activities could be a seminar or a symposium, cleanness drive carried out on the campus, sports, quiz or debates.

Registrar Colonel (rtd) Manoj Mishra said: “According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) directive a teacher has to spend a minimum 40 hours at the university a week. As per rule a teacher can have five-hour academic activities in a day which comes to 30 hours in a week. The rest 10 hours, the teacher has to devote to non-academic activities.”

The registrar claimed that interaction of students and teachers during the extra-curricular activities will improve academic activities resulting in improving the attendance of students in classes.

Patna University Teachers’ Association (Puta) president Randhir Kumar Singh, however, believes that the directive doesn’t follow the UGC guidelines.

“The directive will hamper academic activities as teachers will be more worried about extra-curricular activities than academic,” Singh said.

As per the university notice, teachers have been asked to submit the report of April along with their salary-related bills of May.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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