Pune: As it was Founder and President of Sinhgad Institutes Maruti Navale’s birthday on Saturday, the professors of Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES) were hopeful of meeting and greet him, as well as discuss their pending matter of payment clearance.
They had assembled at Sinhgad Institute, Erandwane campus. However, the professors could not meet Navale as he was not present in the campus on Saturday.
Two weeks have passed and professors continue their non-cooperation strike, demanding to clear their payments, while the STES management stays mum about it.
The management came out with circular on Friday, releasing a timetable to make the payments on 25th of each month till July 2018. The circular also mentioned that these payments will be made without considering the receipt of amounts due from social welfare department. These arrangements have been made with short term borrowings.
It further mentioned that once the institute receives funds from social welfare department, it will clear the pending payments
The faculty have stated that they will not settle only with this, there are other demands like transferring the payments to national banks, transfer of complete arrears with interest etc.
Meanwhile, members of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) had recently visited all campuses of Sinhgad Institutes for an overall inquiry and the reports of the inspection are awaited.
Around 5,000 teachers, lecturers and professors of eight engineering and four pharmaceutical colleges have cried foul against the management of STES, which has failed to pay 14 months’ salary to them.