Punjabi University visitor college in dire straits

Sameer Singh

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, July 31

The visitor college professors at constituent faculties and neighbourhood campuses of Punjabi University, Patiala, have been compelled to dwell in penury as they haven’t been paid salaries for the previous a number of months.

With hardly any monetary assets or financial savings left, the school members are discovering it robust to make ends meet.

The visitor college professors are employed on a short lived foundation twice a yr from January to April and July to November at a minimal month-to-month wage of Rs 21,600. While a majority of the academics haven’t been paid for the January-April interval this yr, some are awaiting dues even for July-November interval final yr.

There are round 130 visitor academics on the college’s 20 centres within the Malwa belt. Of the centres, 13 are constituent faculties, 5 neighbourhood campuses—one in Sangrur and two every in Mansa and Bathinda—and two regional centres (at Mohali and Bathinda).

“I have been borrowing from my brother and acquaintances for the past one year to pay hostel fee and bear other expenses,” says Rajvir Kaur of Ghudda in Bathinda. While non-payment of salaries has hit all visitor college members, the concern of not being re-hired because of the pandemic has additionally been haunting them, says Jatinder Kaur, one other trainer. “We too have been conducting online classes but unlike regular faculty, we aren’t paid,” she says.

Punjabi University Guest Teachers’ Association president Jaspal Singh maintains they’ve approached the authorities a number of instances, however to no avail.

BS Ghuman, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, and Dean (tutorial affairs) Gurdeep Singh Batra didn’t reply to repeated calls.

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