Pune: “Though teaching is considered a very respectful profession, I was not able to feed my family through it. I couldn’t think of looking for any job opportunity but to start one of my own,” said Mahesh Tanpure, former professor of Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES) who has been busy for past five days in settling into his new venture of tea stall.
After a year long battle of fighting for their rights and demanding clearance of pending salaries of 15 months, STES on Tuesday disbursed salaries of 400 professors who had been recently terminated from December 2016 to November 2017.
Sachin Shinde, who was leading the protest stated that around 1,200 professors signed the non-cooperation letter which demanded clearance of dues.
However, out of these, only those who were terminated a couple of months back have been given salaries.
“I just received my salary. But they have not clarified if rest of the staff will get their salaries, including those who were not terminated. Moreover, those professors who were transferred and later terminated have only received the payment for the months they worked at the transferred institute,” said Tanpure.
“Also, the organisation has cut the payment of staffers for the months they were on agitation which is from December 2017 to March 2018,” Tanpure further added.
Disappointed with his previous job, Tanpure who inaugurated his tea stall at Narhe on August 15, said, “I needed to find way out to earn for my family. I was without a salary for 15 months it brought a lot of negativity to me.”
“A professor’s primary job is to teach. But apart from teaching, a professor has to complete a lot of other works which are assigned by educational institutes like co-curriculum activities, coordination etc. Despite so much of physical work, if a professors remains unpaid it affects his/ her quality of teaching,” Tanpure said.
“If a professor is unable to teach due to forced circumstances, then there is no point in continuing the profession. Therefore, I chose to start a business. At least this will generate income for my family. And I love making tea, so now I will be doing that,” added Tanpure.