GUWAHATI: Gauhati University's decision to release all contractual teachers has received a huge backlash from the student unions of the varsity.
The Post-Graduate Students' Union (PGSU), Gauhati University vehemently criticizing the decision underlined that they will not accept the notice at any cost. They appealed to the State government to decide on reappointing the teachers.
PGSU president Ullah Uddipta Borah said, "The decision should be withdrawn until the process to fill the vacant posts with permanent teachers is not completed. Moreover, there are many new departments where there is a need to create teachers' posts. The contractual teachers should be allowed to continue their services."
PGSU general secretary Parshwa Patgiri said, "The teachers were providing their services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus the authorities should not take such an inhumane decision."
The PGSU urged the government to create posts according to the need of a respective department and also fill the vacant posts.
"For the interest of the students, the decision should be withdrawn," PGSU president Ullah Uddipta Borah added.
Meanwhile, the AASU (All Assam Students' Union) unit of the GU opposed the decision by submitting a memorandum to the vice-chancellor on Monday.
The AASU has stated that the decision is unfortunate as most of the departments of the university and the GU Law College have a shortage of permanent teachers.
"We have been demanding the GU authorities to appoint permanent teachers for a long time. On the other hand, the GU has introduced new courses without creating posts for permanent subject teachers. The courses are running with contractual teachers," the AASU stated.
The students' body asserted that the decision has been taken without any planning and it is against the interest of the students.
The AASU underlined that many departments will be shut down due to the release of the contractual teachers.
"Until permanent teachers are appointed, the GU authorities should roll back the decision," the AASU added.