After serving UoP sub-centre for 6 yrs, contract staffers asked to leave

The recent policy decision by the University of Pune (UoP) has not gone down well with four long-serving employees at the varsity’s Ahmednagar sub-centre.

The four employees have been told that their services are no longer required, as the UoP has decided to terminate all employees working on a contractual basis.

Left In the lurch: Three of the four contractual employees who have been working at UoP’s Ahmednagar sub-centre since six years. All four contract employees have been asked to leave. Pic/Imzanglu Aier

The Ahmednagar sub-centre was established in 2006, and these four employees were hired on a low salary, and for six years they have been handling the administrative workload of 158 colleges affiliated to UoP in Ahmednagar district.

Three of them are working as computer operators cum assistants, while one works as a peon. At the Ahmednagar sub-centre currently only the director’s post is permanent.

Against the backdrop of the UoP’s recent decision to terminate their service, all four employees have sent an application (copy available with MiD DAY) to the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the UoP requesting continuation of service and appointmentas permanent employees of the UoP through a university fund.

“After receiving request letter, the UoP administration has extended the contract of the four employees till December 2012. But after that they will have to quit service,” said Dr Sahebrao Rindhe, director of UoP’s Ahmednagar sub-centre.

Rindhe added that administrative work at sub-centre would be severely affected, as the employees were adept and efficient at their work. “The report of all the four employees is positive, and I have not received a single complaint against them,” said Rindhe.

The sub-centre mainly looks after examination related work from accepting examination forms of students, to distribution of results to the 158 affiliated colleges.

“Various examination related scams are hitting the UoP’s examination department, but in last six years not a single incident of cheating has been recorded at the Ahmednagar sub-centre. That’s why we have requested the V-C to personally look into the matter,” said Shivaji Sable, senate member of theUoP.

UoP’s V-C Dr W N Gade has stated that termination of all contractual employees was a policy decision. “The UoP has already implemented the decision at the Pune campus. So we can’t make a special concession and apply separate rules at the Ahmednagar sub-centre,” said Dr Gade.

One last hope
The Ahmednagar sub-centre of the UoP is going to expand in the near future and recently 83 acres of land located adjacent to the Babhurdi Ghumat village has been allocated for the sub-centre. While approving this land to the UoP, the state government has also sanctioned 11 new posts of full-time employees for the sub-centre. The V-C Dr W N Gade assured that the four contractual employees currently working with the Ahmednagar sub-centre, whose contract is ending in December 2012, could apply for these posts.  

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