Pune: Even after a week's agitation, professors of Sinhagad Technical Education Society (STES) are awaiting a concrete decision to be made on clearance of their pending salaries from the management. The professors had organised a 'march for right' at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Saturday.
Around 400-500 professors had assembled to walk in the rally, which was carried out at two locations, Vadgaon campus and university. At these locations, they placed their demands and have called for quick action before the matter gets out of proportion.
In absence of Vice Chancellor (VC) Nitin Karmalkar and Pro-VC NS Umarani, Registrar Arvind Shaligram addressed the professors and assured to take necessary steps to resolve the matter.
Meanwhile, it has been six days since the agitation and the classes have been halted. The professors are adamant that they will resume work only when their payments are made. They have also received the support of Citizen Forum for Sanctity in Educational System.
Moreover, the Director of Technical Education (DTE) had set up a three-member inquiry committee consisting of two professors from Government College of Engineering and Research, Avasari Khurd, Avinash Panth and Dileep Pangavane and head of the electronic department of the government of polytechnic, Prof Sharma, which had visited all the campuses of Sinhagad institute to probe the matter.
“We have accumulated all the data and soon the reports will be sent to the Government of Maharashtra and ahead,” informed, Joint Director of DTE DR Nandanwar.
An inquiry committee from All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) will also be arriving at the Sinhagad institutes on December 27 to seek information on delay in salary payment of professors at the college.
Officials from Sinhagad Institutes were not available for comment.