New Delhi, November 11: As India is celebrating November 11 as the National Education Day 2019 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam, Independent India’s first education minister, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday said teachers should be treated with respect and paid their due.
Sad to see teachers protesting for payment
Issuing a statement on the occasion of National Education Day 2019, the West Bengal governor said it is a sad spectacle to see that these days, teachers have to take to agitations to get their due. “Such a worrisome scenario has a detrimental impact on education that is vital for nation-building,” he said.
The statement from the West Bengal governor comes after he met a delegation of the Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) and discussed the implementation of the revised UGC payscale for the faculty among other issues. In West Bengal, the JUTA members for long time have been demanding the revised UGC pay scale.
Status of ‘institute of eminence’
However, this is not the first time the West Bengal Governor has spoken for the Jadavpur University teachers and staff members. Last month, Dhankhar had said that Jadavpur University has a global reputation and it deserves the status of ‘institute of eminence’.
“I came to Jadhavpur Univerity today to attend a meeting of the court. We had an excellent meeting, everyone showed great interest. It is a good university with a global reputation and it deserves the status of institute of eminence. We will work together to get this status,” Dhankar, who is also the Chancellor of the Jadavpur University, said in a press conference.
Saying the contribution made by the Jadavpur University is unique, Dhankar said its contribution to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is being hugely commended in a positive sense.
The governor said that there can be no growth of education unless there is a good environment of peace and harmony in educational institutions.
“I invited their attention that there is a judgment of Calcutta High Court of 2014 that requires certain steps to be taken so there is peace on the campus and visits of outsiders must be controlled,” he said.
Stating that every member of the court was duly involved in the growth of Jadavpur University, the governor said: “He has invited students and faculty members to interact with him extensively and chalk out a plan so that the great university can be on an incremental trajectory. There are few universities like Jadavpur in the country. This has to be at the top. Very satisfying visit.”