Pune: Hundreds of irked professors of Sinhgad Institutes met Pro-Vice Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) NS Umarani, on Monday, demanding the appointment of a government administrator to address their issue of pending salaries.
Even after a series of agitations, their pending salaries have not been cleared by Sinhgad Institutes’ administration, which comes under Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES).
However, Umarani has said that the University has sent notices to Sinhgad Institute’s management twice, demanding an explanation on pending salaries.
“The University has sent letters to the management twice to look into the issues of its employees and resolve them. Their representatives had visited us after the first letter was sent and demonstrated a planner of paying salaries. However, we learnt that the management failed to do so. Immediately, a second letter was issued to the management but we have not received any response from them. The University is disappointed by their casual behaviour,” said Umarani.
“Another notice will be sent now, which will mention that the University will be sending an inquiry committee to the Institutes on Thursday. If they wish to give clarification, they can come and visit us,” added Umarani.
The principals and directors of all Sinhgad Institutes have given a letter of clarification, which mentioned that the statements that appear from time to time, that about 80 per cent of dues have been paid by Government of Maharashtra and Social Welfare Department against dues for the year 2017-18, are not true.
An amount of Rs 117.57 crore for the academic year 2017-18 is pending and no amount has been received as of now. Hence, any statement, which claims that amounts have been paid to Sinhgad Institutes is false.
The letter also states that it is untrue that no salaries have been paid for 14 months. “Pending payment of salaries is about 50 to 60 per cent, the rest has been paid. The needful is being done to pay the due salaries at the earliest. Hence, the faculty are requested to fulfil their duties diligently and ensure that students do not suffer any academic loss,” the letter states.
Colleges under ‘No Admission’ category
† The professors said that SPPU is yet to act on this issue, whereas All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) had conducted their inquiry in mid-December.
† As the colleges were unable to pay the salaries of its employees, AICTE had put 22 Sinhgad colleges under ‘no admission’ category for the academic year 2018-19.
† The STES had approached Mumbai High Court in this regard. A bench of HC judges comprising Justice BR Gavai and Justice BP Colabawalla has asked AICTE to not reject applications of 22 educational institutions of the STES for continuation of approval of admissions in the year 2018-19, for the reason of non-payment of the salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff.