Section Officer thrashes degree college contractual lecturer

“I just asked my salary, he returned punch on my face.” 

GANDERBAL: Dr Fayaz Ahmad, a contractual lecturer (Geology) working at the Government Degree College, Ganderbal, was Thursday beaten to pulp by a clerical staffer Mohammad Saleem after an argument over the release of salary turned ugly resulting in injuries to the victim.

The contractual teaching faculty has decided to suspend their classes until their demands of booking the culprit were not met.

“Rather than listening to our version, the administration blamed us for the ruckus and threatened we’d be sacked,” the injured lecturer said. “If the highly qualified teachers are meted out a third-grade treatment of this nature, I’d say God may take care of our education system then.”

The College Principal, Prof Nasreen Malik, however declined she ever used the word ‘sacking’: “As per the preliminary reports it looks both the officials are involved in the scuffle,” she said. “I’ve ordered inquiry into the incident and framed a committee to submit the report within seven days. The incident warrants a disciplinary action and we shall act as per the recommendations of the committee.”

The contractual lecturers also called at the District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal to appraise the administration of the maltreatment the lecturer in question received at the hands of the erring staffer.

Pertinently, contractual lecturers in government degree colleges continue to suffer at the hands of official apathy as they are being paid their salaries in piecemeal. “There’s no proper schedule as to when our salaries would be drawn,” said a lecturer. “We get salaries in petty installments as if we’re beggars. If it doesn’t happen in other districts like Baramulla, why should it happen with us?”

The contractual lecturers posted in degree colleges in rural and far-off areas are the worst hit as they can’t even meet their travel expenses.

“We’re doing as much as any other faculty member sometimes more,” said a contractual lecturer who wished not to be named. “We’re drawing a meager salary as compared to the regular staffers but that too is being denied to us.”

At present, 95 government degree colleges, including 12 women colleges, are functional in Jammu and Kashmir. Of these, at least 45 degree colleges, established in the last 10 years, lack permanent land and building, regular teaching faculty and non-gazetted staff.

The teaching faculty has been facing hardships in conducting classes as most of the degree colleges are functioning from makeshift accommodations or rented buildings.

 

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