Professors across Maharashtra warn to go an indefinite strike

The professors plan to go on a strike from September 11 if the government doesn’t pay attention to their demands


Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (MFUCTO) protested against Maharashtra government and organised Jail Bharo Andolan pressing their demands. In this protest, around 1,000 to 1,500 teachers participated.

Earlier, Maharashtra government decided to put a restraint on recruiting full-time professors, despite the availability of vacancies. This decision was taken on May 25, 2017, and it has invited agitation from the professors. 

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Maharashtra government appoints professors for colleges on a contractual basis and they do not benefit from the government holidays, fixed salaries, pension and other policies. They only get paid around ₹300 per hour. Also, the proportion of professors and students is highly unequal with only one teacher assigned to 120 students.

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MFUCTO President Professor Dr Tapati Mukhopadhyay informed that they plan to not work for one day and carry forward their Jail Bharo Andolan on September 11, if the government doesn’t agree to their demands. However, meanwhile, if the government doesn’t pay attention to their demands, the professors intend to go on an indefinite strike on September 25.

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