PU teachers suspend strike: university will likely hold exams from January 24

As teachers protest the non-application of UGC pay scales and suspend their strike after more than a month on Sunday, the University of Punjab (PU) will likely hold semester exams (theory) from January 24 .

As teachers protested the non-application of UGC pay scales and suspended their strike after more than a month on Sunday, the University of Punjab (PU) will likely hold semester exams (theory) from January 24. .

The practical exams are scheduled to start from January 17. The semi-annual exams were previously scheduled to take place in December, but PU had to postpone them amid the protest.

Teachers called off the strike following a meeting on Sunday, after the Punjab’s model code of conduct went into effect ahead of the state’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

Members of the Federation of Punjab University and College Teachers’ Organizations (PFUCTO) and the Punjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) in a letter to the university, said: in effect since December 1 and in the interest of the students, it was decided to resume all academic activities with immediate effect.

Teachers at UP and other universities and colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh, under the PFUCTO banner, declared an unlimited protest on December 1 to demand immediate implementation of revised scales in accordance with the Seventh Wage Commission and the withdrawal of the decision of the government of Punjab to dissociate the salary scales from the UGC. They had suspended all academic activities since then.

No clarity on monitoring yet

At this time, it is not clear whether PU will use online monitoring in future exams. The university had prepared to use surveillance this time around, but no final decision was announced.

Only emergency services at the dental institute

Following the sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, a PU panel on Monday recommended strict adherence to Covid standards on campus. He also recommended that only emergency services be managed at the PU dental institute and that no elective procedure be organized. “These suggestions are subject to the approval of the authorities,” said a member of the panel. It is also likely that teaching will take place online again at the dental institute.

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