Proposal for PBAS Rejected by Secretariat
The Performance Based Appraisal System(PBAS) and Academic Performance Indicator(API) which was drafted and proposed by the Directorate of H&TE was rejected by the Secretariat(H&TE) on the ground that modifications and omissions have been made. A letter sent to the Directorate by the Joint Sectretary on 23rd May, 2011 stated that 'no modification can be made by the state Govt. except name of State Govt. and College since the Forms are prescribed by the UGC and approved by the Govt. of India'. The letter further stated that in addition to the PBAS/API, the Performance Appraisal Report (PAR) prescribed by DP&AR for all Gazetted Officer in the state shall also be written by all college teachers.
In response, The MCTA Hqrs called the Office Bearers Meeting on 24th May, 2011 and decided to react immediately to the letter. A representation was submitted to the Secretary H&TE stating that the State PAR is irrelevant for college teachers and imposition of both PBAS/API and PAR is unjustifiable and unacceptable. There is no reason why the PBAS/API proforma cannot be modified to make it relevant to our State situations, even the UGC Regulation was modified by the State Government at will. The MCTA Hqrs demanded immediate reconsideration and implementation of the order as many teachers are awaiting their promotion based on the new appraisal system.
Strike Called Off from 12th May
The Executive Committee of the MCTA Headquarters met on 10th May, 2011 and decided to call off the on going strike in view of the progressive issuance of Pay Slip by the Account & Treasuries Department. The meeting also resolved that 2nd Year and 3rd Year classes be started as directed by the concerned college authorities. A circular to this effect was issued to all the concerned officials and to all branch secretaries of the MCTA.
In the Press Release issued by the MCTA Headquarters it was reported that all fixation of pay had been completed and about half of the Pay Slips were issued. The Headquarters expected all pay slips to be released by the end of May 2011. The Headqurters also thanked the Minister of Higher & Technical Education Department Pu Lalsawta, Parliamentary Secretary Pu Lalthanzara, H&TE Department officials and student bodies for their efforts in trying to resolve the matter.
In the Press Release the MCTA denied any particular attempt to demand for a raise in their Pay and highlighted the cause of their grievances as the delayed implementation of the 6th UGC Pay which is just part of the Pay Revision undertaken by the Government of India at 10 years interval. It was also pointed out that college teachers were paid the 1996 pay structure upto February 2011 while other state employees have enjoyed the 6th Pay from August, 2010.
Backlog System Introduced by MZU
Consequent upon the implementation of Semester System for UG Courses, the Mizoram University, in its Notification dated 6th May, 2011, has introduced Backlog Sytem for Old Course students. The MZU had informed all affiliated colleges to take necessary steps in this regard.
The System is introduced with the following conditions:
Students will be allowed to sit to the next higher classes;
There will be no limitations to number of Subjects;
Students will be allowed to sit for next higher examination along with failed papers;
Students will be required to clear all Courses within five years from the date of admission;
Students will be allowed three attempts (including regular chance) per paper within the stipulated 5 year period to clear the backlog.