On the eve of the birthday of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar said that teachers should be treated with respect and paid their dues.
In the official statement, Dhankar 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 added.
The Governor said this while recognizing the contributions of Abul Kalam Azad in establishing the educational foundation of the country.
Abul Kalam Azad was Independent India’s first education minister. His birthday on November 11 is celebrated as ‘National Education Day’.
Notably, the governor’s statement came a day after he met a delegation of the Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA). They discussed the implementation of the revised UGC pay scale for the faculty among other issues.
For the uninitiated, the JUTA members have been agitating for the revised UGC pay scale.
On Saturday, JUTA General Secretary Partha Pratim Roy had claimed that Dhankhar informed the delegation that it was “totally unjustified” to implement the new pay scale from January 1, 2020, instead of the scheduled date of January 1, 2016.