Press Release (11.07.2018)

Teachers’ Associations send government strong message to stop playing with higher education and prestige of nation

Jamia teachers’ association, JTA invited teachers’ associations of CENTRAL UNIVERSITIES of NCR like Delhi University, JNU, IGNOU, AMU and office bearers of federation of central universities teachers’ association (FEDCUTA) on 10.07.2018 at its office at Jamia Campus to discuss “Current Issues of National Importance in Higher Education”. The teachers’ associations expressed their deep anguish and disappointment on latest retrogressive developments in national policies of higher education in India. In recent past, government is constantly changing rules and regulations for institutes of higher education which is deeply affecting the life and morale of teachers, learning process of students and quality of research. The teachers’ associations also expressed their anguish over the abolition of University Grants Commission (UGC) and founding Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), a clear move towards privatization of education. It is evident that government axed ‘grants’ from educational commission raising questions over such move and indicating towards their malafide intensions ahead. All the teachers’ associations resolved rejection of HECI in toto.

Teachers’ Association unequivocally objected to the HRD ministry's recent announcement of the list of “Institution of Eminence (IoE)” and the inclusion of a non-existing Jio Institute in this list. How institutes of long standing in academic excellence may be ignored, secretary of JTA asked. Government has already eroded old pension schemes, gratuities, advance increments and much more. Now a grave step of dismantling UGC will result into a great turmoil of our times. In the brain-storming sessions it was resolved that instead of showing delirium, government should strengthen premier national universities and institutes which have brought pride to the nation and are actual centres of excellence. Further, funding to such institutes will help securing top positions in global rankings if funded properly with clean intensions.

 

Other prominent issues taken up on the agenda were associated with New Pension Scheme (NPS), Gratuities and Increments of teachers (M.Phil/Ph.Ds, appointed post 2009). It was resolved that teachers’ associations will fight for revival of old pension scheme, gratuities and advance increments in larger interest of central government employees. The event was organized under the aegis of Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA). Major speakers were Dr. Amir Azam, President, JTA, Dr. Majid Jamil, Secretary, JTA, Dr. Nandita Narain, Dr. Rajib Ray and Dr. Najma Rehmani from DUTA, Dr. Sonajharia Minz, Dr. Devendera Choubey and Dr. Archana Negi from JNUTA, Dr. Najmul Islam and Dr. Kalimullah from AMUTA, Dr. Sony Kunjappan from CUG. Dr. M. Irfan Qureshi, Joint Secretary, JTA presented vote of thanks.

Press Release (15.05.2018)

Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) elected an entirely new team of office bearers

The Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) elected an entirely new team of office bearers on 14 May 2018. Earlier, Jamia Millia Islamia (A top-ranked Indian Central University) was gripped in a fever of election campaigns when all the candidates contesting for various positions in the Association framed their manifestos and distributed widely. The manifestos had numerous agendas for improvement of policies associated with teachers and education. Candidates expressed their concern and commitment to address the genuine aspirations of the teaching community and work with a spirit of cooperation and integration. Jamia teaching fraternity took a special interest in a wise choosing of the candidates which is reflected by the overwhelming turnout (87%) of the teachers to cast their votes.

Prof. Amir Azam from the Department of Chemistry was declared winner for the post of President. He defeated Badshah Alam by a margin of 143 votesProf. Majid Jamil from Department of Electrical Engineering won for the post of Secretary, defeating Prof. Tabrez Alam by a margin of 200 votes. Dr. Mohammad Irfan Qureshi from Department of Biotechnology emerged winner for the post of Joint Secretary. He had an upper hand of 88 votes over Dr. Veeramani. Six Executive Committee Members were declared elected viz. 1) Dr. Nazia Khan 2) Dr. Arif Mohammad, 3) Dr. Rahisuddin 4) Dr. Amit Kumar Tamrakar 5) Mr. Waseemullah Khan and 6) Prof. Asif Husain

Prof. M. Moshahid Alam Rizvi, Returning Officer announced the names of the winners. He thanked all his colleagues in the University for their support extended to his office for the successful conduct of the poll.

The new office bearers have taken the charge of their positions on 16 May 2018 in a formal ceremony of mixed emotions offering bid adieu to outgoing team and welcoming the new one. The new team immediately met on the next day for their first EC meeting to discuss important issues of teachers and set future course of action.

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