Secretary’s Desk

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Respected Colleagues and dear friends  

I feel greatly honored to introduce All Bengal State Government College Teachers’ Association to you- the causes behind its formation, our demands and also our achievements. At this juncture we recall, our most respected founder General Secretary, Dr. Subrata Panda, who through his Manifesto paved the original cause for the initiation of this new association … ‘a power-hungry group of the then existing association have always blocked our attempts to solve our problems satisfactorily. Right from the beginning, they have chosen totally undemocratic practice and narrow-minded approach, ignored the college units and tried to run the association with a compliant cluster of teachers’.

Some members of West Bengal Govt. College Teachers’ Association consistently opposed its highly undemocratic functioning. The leadership displayed utter unwillingness to launch movements towards the cause of education and protection of the interest of Govt. college teachers. These members who were honest in their outlook, but unsuccessful to change the situation, decided to form a new Association with a view to launch movements in the interest of education in general and Govt. college teachers in particular. As a result, All Bengal State Govt. College Teachers’ Association was formed at a convention held on the 15th January, 1984 at the Tripura Hitasadhini Hall, Kolkata.

On the eve of forming the Association they had some well thought objectives. For instance, they wanted a clear policy on education, a G.O. stating clearly the transfer policy and implementing it without favour or discrimination, protection of democratic rights and dignity, etc. The newly formed Association played significant roles in different colleges and launched movements according to its strength and achieved some success. In some cases it had to go to the Court of Law for justice. For example, while implementing the 1986 UGC pay scales the Govt. changed the date of increment of the teachers. The Association demanded that the date of increment should not be changed. But as the Govt. did not comply with, the members moved to the Court and realized the demand by the order of the Court. Again, when in 1996 the Govt. abruptly discontinued re-employment of Govt. college teachers, the Association organized the affected teachers and went to the Court. Though the Association could not win, the Court ordered the Govt. to pay the teachers their dues up to the date of order. The Association moved to the Court for enhancing the age of retirement of the teachers up to the age of 62 years. The Hon’ble Supreme Court agreed with all our arguments and recommended enhancement of the age of retirement of the teachers up to the age of 62 years. On the plea that it is only a recommendation, not an order, the former government did not implement the recommendation. But we congratulate the present government for implementing the recommendations.

The association appreciates the present government’s endeavor of spreading education to the masses through its building of new colleges and universities. The education sector of this state has seen tremendous boom under the aegis of the present government. We now have 63 Govt. Colleges and 15 Universities. This move has benefitted our service, namely W.B.E.S. immensely. But we also take this opportunity to place our demand of arranging for residential infrastructure in these far-flung colleges, which will help both teachers and students. We strongly believe that an integrated University for all the Government colleges will help in enhancing the quality of education as delivered in these colleges and functioning of these colleges. We demand the immediate implementation of the recommendations of UGC 7th Pay Commission. Regularization of the transfer policy-for which the association has been fighting since its inception- needs to be implemented. Rapid recruitment of teachers and librarians is also needed for improving the quality of education.

We are happy to share with you, some of our achievements which is sure to make us feel proud.

We were able to donate considerable amount of money (Rs.2,42,000/-) for various charitable purposes to different institutions

  1. Bharat Sevashram Sangha- Rs.1,00,000/-
  2. Ramakrishna Mission Sevapratisthan – Rs.1,00,000/-
  3. West Bengal Primary Board – Rs.12,000/-
  4. Thalassemia Forum – Rs.20,000/-
  5. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute – Rs.10,000/-

We were able to manage Rs.1,50,000/- for each B.Ed college from the administration, in order to facilitate their affidavit to NCTE for maintaining their registration.

An effectively integrated approach towards developing a foolproof transfer mechanism under the aegis of the M-I-C, Higher Education Department, has been initiated. All the stake holders are being taken into confidence before finalizing proposals. This is in sharp contrast to previous modus operandi of hegemonic decisions.

Initiative in relation to the different issues as raised by the Physical Education College teachers has also been undertaken.

The teachers serving in colleges located in far-flung areas of North Bengal perennially felt left-out from mainstream and complained regarding the apathy of administration towards them. To redress this we have started our regular visits to these.

CAS related papers, in reference to the 10th January 2017 (order No. 361- Edn.(CS)/5P-56/20I7 Dated, Kolkata, 10th April) has already been submitted.

Discrepancy in salary between Assistant Professor and Associate Professor due to the latest CAS order (G.O. No. 361- Edn.(CS)/5P-56/20I7 Dated, Kolkata, 10th April) has been attended to and letter has been submitted to the directorate for immediate action.

Regular Unit/EC meetings has been arranged for the last three months for monitoring the progress / developments of the colleges, with special emphasis on the benefits of the faculty members.

Issues related to the college teachers coming under the ambit of the bandh for the Gorkhaland issue, was conveyed to the office of the Principal Secretary and also the M-I-C and issues related to their salary has been successfully resolved.

We are also happy to say that the CAS process is running smoothly for general cases, and teachers are being benefitted because of this.

Our academic journal MANAN is being published unhindered and is highly appreciated for its academic content.

We thank all the members and well-wishers who worked hard to help us achieve this goal.
Wishing a happy and prosperous future for all our beloved members and hoping for a better academic prospect in future, particularly for the newly appointed teachers.


Susanta Roy Karmakar