PWC Teachers Protest College's Autonomous Status

Patna Women's College teachers protesting outside Patna University office on Monday.

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Patna: A day after Patna Women's College (PWC) was accorded autonomous status by the University Grant Commission (UGC), a number of its teachers staged a protest outside Patna University office saying they were hired to work for Patna University and not for an autonomous entity.

A group of nearly two dozen PWC teachers on Monday met with Patna University Vice Chancellor Prof. Ras Bihari Prasad Singh and registered their opposition to the autonomous status to their college.

"We took this job as the employees of the Patna University. With the college's autonomous status, it could adversely impact our employment condition. Before granting autonomy, we demand transfer to any other college under Patna University," said a PWC dissident.

Patna University Teachers' Association (PUTA) President Randhir Kumar Singh, Vice President Shefali Roy, and other office-bearers also came out in support of the PWC teachers and held a meeting with the Vice Chancellor.

"The Vice Chancellor has assured us of keeping the interest of the teachers in mind. In the event the teachers' interest is at stake, they would be accommodated in other colleges of Patna University," the PUTA President said.

PUTA also pledged to contest the autonomous status of PWC in Patna High Court.

"Patna University, unlike other universities in India, is not part of the State Universities Community Act and hence, it does not make any sense to give its college autonomous status. There are only ten colleges in the university and to take one away from it will not be tolerated. We will look into our legal options and appeal against the decision of the UGC in the Patna High Court," Singh said.

Prof. Anil Kumar, former PUTA General Secretary, also condemning the UGC decision, said that today it is PWC; tomorrow it would be Magadh Mahila College and therefore, such action must be stopped immediately before it spreads to other colleges under Patna University.

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