Friday, March 5, 2021

NEHUTA expresses concern over various anomalies

Dimapur, May 28: After the conduct of elections, the NEHUTA elected a new executive body for the year 2018-19. The members were elected uncontested, based on teaching community reposing confidence on its elected representatives. The elected office bearers include Prof. Xavier P. Mao as President, Prof. Utpal Kumar Dey as Vice-President, Dr. Prasenjit Biswas as General Secretary, Dr. Marbha Khymdeit as Joint Secretary and Dr. Arnab Maji as Treasurer.
Apart from office bearers, six other members are elected as members of the Executive Committee, which includes Prof. A.K. Singh, Prof. S.B. Prasad, Rameez Gazi, Dr. R.K. Mishra, Dr. Jiwesh Binong and Prof. G. Bez. The New Executive Committee has assumed the charge of responsibility since May 7.
In the light of steady fund cuts and privatization of central universities, major concern of the Teachers’ Association lies in delay in completion of Career Advancement Scheme promotions to young and experienced teachers that has direct bearing on the overall performance index of the university.
The Association has expressed concerned on falling standards of the quality of academics as an impact of policy failures and implementation failures too, as it happened in the long pending case of teachers promotion in NEHU.
Being the premier and the most representative central university of region, the Association also expressed its deep concerns at anomalies in pay fixation since sixth pay commission which is carried over to the present seventh pay fixation as well.
Neglect by officials have negative impact on the functioning of the statutory bodies of the University, as minutes are routinely not published on time and annual audit and accounts are passed without necessary approval from University Court, it said.
The Association is also concerned about works worth many lakhs being carried out without following due process and flouting of MHRD directive on diverting funds to a new campus not approved by the Ministry are matters of great concern.
Regular disruptions in infrastructure and maintenance such as delay in repair of hostels and housings and supply of unpurified water and poor maintenance of electrical installations have been a major cause of worry for teachers and students. If such affairs continue, the university is likely to go down further in the national ranking of universities in India, the NEHU Teachers stated.
It also expressed shock to observe that seniority of teachers is not respected in appointment to positions of Deans.
The NEHUTA has demanded already faster completion of CAS promotions and removal of pay anomalies. It has also demanded immediate filling up of the long pending statutory and other vacancies so that the University can function in a more harmonious and efficient manner, as per the Act, Statute, Ordinances of the University.
(Page News Service)