Pune: Five thousand teachers of Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES) went on a flash strike on Monday over delay in salary payments.
The teachers, lecturers and professors of eight engineering and four pharmaceutical colleges of STES stared their non-cooperation agitation claiming staff has not been paid salaries for 14 months.
The protesters said, “We are facing tremendous financial problems due to non-payment of salaries. Our cheques are bouncing, we are unable to pay EMIs, and we’ve had to pay penalties to private finance firms due to inability to clear dues. For the past year, we have received only 40 per cent of our salaries, and if we count it month wise, we have been paid for only nine months.”
“We have been patient with the management’s policy as we never wanted students to suffer. But now, it has become impossible to survive in such conditions,” they added. The agitating professors have informed the Director of Technical Education about the issue.
“Since it is an unaided private institute, there is no particular regulatory body to monitor the salary system,” said Joint Director DR Nandanwar. “Earlier also, the staff had approached us and we directed the management to pay their salaries. This time too we will request the management to take appropriate action. We have submitted a report of accumulative date of salary pending to the higher and technical education department, State government and other technical education authorities,” he added.
The professors said the agitation will continue till pending remuneration is cleared. “Interestingly, payment issues at various Sinhgad group of institutes started in 2007. Earlier, the salaries were paid with two or three months delay, but now it’s over a year that we have not got the salaries,” they said.
The students of the colleges were seen wandering around the campus and said that the delay caused in submissions might affect their grades. The official statement released by STES said, “We have had discussions with involved parties and are confident of resolving the matter in the earliest