Punjab News Teachers on hunger strike from next week


Staff member
Amritsar April 29:

Changing their mode of protest over the Khalsa College row, the teachers today announced to observe chain hunger strike in support of their demands from next week.

However, the teacher bodies’ fresh move gives an impression that they have softened their approach, as till yesterday they were warning to further intensify their agitation. But, the teacher union leaders justified “shift in their stand”, contending that they took the decision in the students’ interest. The teachers were boycotting evaluation work for the last two days.

Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (PFUCTO) president Prof HS Kingra said, “We will resume evaluation work in all the centres designated by the universities of Punjab from tomorrow. The protest will now be in the form of chain fast from next week. The venue and date will be finalised after consulting teachers of Amritsar within a couple of days.”

Meanwhile, a teachers’ delegation led by PFUCTO met Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan today to seek his intervention into the issue, but could not garner much support. PFUCTO general secretary Dr Jagwant Singh said the education minister supported the cause of preserving the heritage status of the college but refrained from interfering directly in the matter pertaining to cases registered against the teachers by the management.

While showing resentment against the college management, PFUCTO general secretary Dr Jagwant Singh told that the teachers in all the universities and colleges of the state have shown their complete solidarity against the victimisation of teachers and unequivocally rejected the idea of converting the college into a private university.Meanwhile, hailing the decision RK Bedi, In Charge (examinations), GNDU, said that the timings of evaluation centres would be enhanced to cover up the loss of time.