Govt plans tribunals to address on-campus educational disputes

Govt plans tribunals to address on-campus educational disputes

New Delhi: The government is now planning to set up special tribunals in universities and colleges across the country to address disputes between teachers and administration or any conflict on the campuses.

The HRD Ministry has set up a committee headed by Higher Education Secretary R P Agrawal to suggest modalities for having the special tribunals for the campuses.

The committee held its first meeting last week and a broad guideline was framed to start the tribunals in the educational institutes.

“We discussed the broad issues that could be addressed by the tribunals. The detailed modalities and purview of the special courts will be finalised by the committee in its further meetings," a member of the committee told PTI.

These issues to be addressed by the tribunals include disputes pertaining to service matters of the teachers and staff of the institutes. Other matters like conflicts between teachers and violent incidents on campuses could be settled by these special courts, he said.

The step assumes significance as the number of disputes involving teachers and management or administration are increasing, he said.

At present, the universities have grievance redressal cells which are settling such disputes. But such cells are not able to pass any enforcible order. In some of the institutes, these cells are non functional.

“But the court’s order will be binding on the institution," the member said.

The committee members include Secretary Elementary Education and Literacy A K Rath and UGC Vice-Chairman M C Sharma.

For any major disputes, teachers are now approaching the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

“The committee will submit its report within two to three months time," the member said.

Disputes concerning teachers are of various types including stagnation in career growth for certain problems and inter-personal discords.

The committee will examine whether it is possible to have tribunals in each institute or set up tribunals at certain institutes which would take care of teachers’ cases in a number of institutions.

The committee will also discuss all aspects including appointment of judges and creation of facilities for the tribunals.