Sinhagad ’s faculty proceed to protest with hunger strike

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Pune: The future of the students of Sinhgad Technical Education is in limbo, as there appears to be no amicable solution to the teachers’ strike, which began three months ago, over non-payment of salaries and other allowances to the teachers. In this fight between the management and the agitating professors, students are unnecessarily facing the brunt, as there are no academic lectures or practicals being conducted while exams are just near the corner. 

Pune: The future of the students of Sinhgad Technical Education is in limbo, as there appears to be no amicable solution to the teachers’ strike, which began three months ago, over non-payment of salaries and other allowances to the teachers. In this fight between the management and the agitating professors, students are unnecessarily facing the brunt, as there are no academic lectures or practicals being conducted while exams are just near the corner. 

After several agitations and trials to convince the management to clear their dues of 15 months, the professors of all Sinhagad institutions have now jointly decided to stage a hunger strike at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) from Tuesday. Fifty professors from each college will follow the hunger strike in turns at the university till the management takes a positive move towards solving the payment issues.

“For past few months, our professors have been protesting but all in vain. Recently, authorities of management and MN Navale, founder president of Sinhagad institutes, had met all the students and assured that the issues will be resolved as soon as possible. He had also promised that students won’t suffer any loss. However, this does not seem to be getting over anytime soon. 

“Our lectures and practicals have not resumed yet,” said a student of the third year from SKN College of Engineering (SKNCOE).

Students are also clueless about how they will prepare for the exam in-semester and online examination, which will take place in mid-March. Many students have stopped going to college.

“We have now started preparing by ourselves for the in-semester examination, which will start from March 6 and the online examination for engineering students will start from mid-March. Most of us don’t go to college these days, few students from outside Pune have also gone home due to classes not being conducted at college,” said another student from the second year at SKNCOE.

The parents and students had also intervened in the matter seeking information from the management regarding the delay in resolving the issue, as it has an impact on students studies.
Recently, few professors were sent legal notice on their conduct of protests, stating that their act is affecting students academy and they should resume working immediately. However, the professors have decided not to bend in front of the management.

“Vice-chancellor of SPPU Nitin Karmalkar has informed that university has sent a notice to the management of STES to provide an explanation about their course of conduct. If they fail to revert within six days of given time, they will start the procedure for appointing a new administrative governor from the sixth day,” said Sachin Shinde, a professor at SKNCOE, who was suspended for taking a stand on the issue of non-payment of staff at STES in May 2016.

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