College teachers decry delay in restoration of PhD increment

College teachers decry delay in restoration of PhD increment

Assistant and associate professors working in various government degree colleges (GDCs) on Monday said the Higher Education Department is delaying restoration of their PhD increments, as per UGC guidelines, for past many years.

Theysaid the delay in restoration of the incentives was a 'discouraging move' bythe department for the college teaching fraternity.

The PhDincrement for college and university professors was earlier scrapped by the UGCauthorities after implementation of 7th Pay Commission, however, the commissionrestored the increment again in June 2018 after facing country-wide agitationof college and university teachers.

But, the Higher Education Department of J&K is yet torestore the PhD increment for the college professors in accordance with the UGCguidelines.

"It is sheer injustice anddiscrimination with us. Both University of Kashmir and University of Jammu havealready restored the incentive for professors but the Higher EducationDepartment has shelved the process for unknown reasons," said an assistantprofessors.

"The delay in restoration ofincentives for PhD degree demoralizes the college professors and affect theirmotivation for pursuing higher qualification," he said.

Thecollege faculty has appealed advisor to Lt Governor KK Sharma and CommissionerSecretary HED Talat Parvez Ruhella to address their genuine concern pendingwith the department for past many years.

When contacted for thecomments about the issue, the commissioner secretary said, "If the issue ispending with department, we will pursue it and whatever will be permissiblelegally and as per UGC norms, will be provided to the assistant and associateprofessors of colleges as well."

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