Nearly 100 activists of the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU), on Thursday, blocked state higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope’s car as it was about to enter the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s Somani College premises in Girgaum Chowpatty, forcing him to step out and meet them.
The activists were responding to a call given by the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (MFUCTO) to “Chase the Ministers” following the failure of the state government in fulfilling its written promise to regularise NET/SET teachers and provide them jobs, promotions and pay hikes.
“The minister promised that the Government Resolution (GR) in this regard will be issued before the next cabinet on November 27,” said Tapati Mukhopadhyay, general secretary, MFUCTO.
She added that this was the MFUCTO’s first action under the “Chase the Minister” programme and it will continue to hold such actions until the assurances are fulfilled.
In 1991, the University Grants Commission (UGC) made the National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Eligibility Test (SET) mandatory to be eligible for a teacher’s post, but the state government implemented the rule in 2000. Several MPhil teachers, who were appointed during this period, were left in a lurch due to the delay.
It is more than 14 months since UGC gave directions to regularise the services of NET/SET teachers appointed between September 19, 1991 and April 3, 2000. But the government has ignored the protests held by the teachers’ unions in the last two months.