The All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) on Saturday called for a ‘Black Badge Protest’ by the universities and college teachers across the country on February 14.
Stating that AIFUCTO National Executive Body Meeting has given a call for ‘Black Badge Protest’ on February 14, the AIFUCTO appealed to all fraternal organizations and citizens of the country to extend solidarity to the protest.
This wearing of black badge is a symbolic expression of deep-seated resentment against the “hasty, arbitrary and unilateral” implications of many measures which are “detrimental” to the inclusive nature of higher education of the country, AIFUCTO stated.
The black badge is also intended to demand before the Government of India to restore the old pension scheme, filling of vacancies, regularisation of services of ad hoc, part time and temporary teachers, AIFUCTO added.
“In the name of implementation of a retrograde, undemocratic and exclusionary NEP 2020, UGC at the behest of the Union Education Ministry, has made public many negative regulations such as blending learning system, four years undergraduate programme, multiple entry and exit, common universities entrance test and recently brought out the draft regulations on entry of foreign universities,” it read.
It also accused the Education Ministry and UGC of being undemocratic for not considering the views of all stakeholders, including AIFUCTO.
The 32nd AIFUCTO Academic Conference scheduled to be held at Kurukshetra University, Haryana on March 17 to 19 will review the situation and take steps to safeguard India's educational interest, it added.
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