IMPHAL: The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has appealed the State government to resolve the demand of 7th UGC Pay and Regulation, 2018 by college teachers once and for all to ensure no disturbance in the admission and other academic activities in the colleges.
Seiboi Haokip, GS of ATSUM said in a press release that tt is learned that, Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA) has on 7th July, 2020 resumed their earlier temporarily suspended agitations and suspended online classes/lectures which is the only means of learning during COVID-19 pandemic and also threatened to boycott admission and other academic activities in the government colleges.
On 11th February 2020 the Chief Minister of Manipur had announced the State Cabinet’s approval of 7th UGC pay and Regulation, 2018 yet it is never implemented. Whereas, college teachers in other states of India including neighbouring Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram have adopted 7th UGC Pay and Regulation, 2018. Moreover, other employees of Manipur Government have already enjoyed the 7th Pay. Yet, the teachers in the government colleges have been left out which is really unfortunate and heartening, ATSUM stated.
Since 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 is a national policy, ATSUM believes its implementation is a necessity and will help in the improvement in collegiate education in Manipur including the hill areas. MHRD issued orders for 7th UGC Pay on 2nd November, 2017 and UGC Regulations, 2018 was issued on 18th July, 2018, Seiboi said.
As such ATSUM requests the State government to ensure immediate resolution with the agitating college teachers, so that admission process and other academic activities is not disturbed due to non implementation of 7th UGC Pay and Regulation, 2018 in the Government Colleges once the educational institutions are re-opened, the GS said.