Polytechnic Academic arrangements Association’s strike enters 17th day, demands regularization

JAMMU/ SRINAGAR, JUN 23: Protest of Academic Arrangements Association of Polytechnic colleges of J&K entered 17th day today.
Class work of all Polytechnic colleges remained suspended for last 17 days. They are demanding regularization policy as they have been working for last 10 to 15 years.
Seeking regularization of the lecturers and demonstrators engaged on Academic Arrangements in the Technical Education, Atul Sudan said 80 to 85% of the staff in 24 polytechnics across the state comprised of Academic Arrangements who were running the department successfully with laudable results. He further divulged that the State government had admitted in recent Assembly session that 328 sanctioned vacant posts of lecturers and demonstrators and the incumbents working as Academic Arrangements were engaged against the clear vacancies which they are less than 225. He said that there is no financial implication on these posts if they are regularized.
Ankush Gupta, Vice president AJKPAAA said that a delegation of both divisions of Jammu and Kashmir led by Atul Sudan and Shahnwaz Qadir met the Minister for Technical Education Imran Raza Ansari. The Minister gave them a patient hearing and directed officials to re-engage the terminated academic staff from all polytechnics. He further directed Anil Sharma (Officer on Special Duty) to do the needful for academic arrangements of polytechnics and assured them that their demand of permanent absorption will be redressed soon. Association members welcomed the steps taken by Minister and officer on Special Duty and thanked them for their positive response and steps for the welfare of Academic arrangements. They said that they will continue their peaceful sit in protests till they are absorbed permanently.