Last Updated on September 26, 2021 by The Health Master
Following the recent advisory by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) to the teaching institutions asking disbursement of salaries and release of pending dues to teachers and other staffs, the Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India (APTI) has now wanted the PCI to fix a pay-scale for the teachers on the lines of the pay scales fixed by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and the government.
Currently, the faculties of unaided pharmacy institutions working on the approval of the PCI are doing jobs without a fixed salary structure. Whereas, those institutions which are following the guidelines of the AICTE, pay salaries on the pay-scale fixed by the AICTE.
Teachers of government institutions are getting their wages as per UGC norms, says a letter written to the PCI by the president of the Odisha state branch of the APTI.
Dr Mihir Kumar Kar, president of the Odisha branch of the APTI has sent the letter to the national council wanting it to fix a pay structure for the teachers of the approved institutions.
According to him, in some colleges teachers of different positions and status, assistant professor, associate professor and professor, are getting equal amounts of salaries without considering their experience and qualifications. He said it is high time for the PCI to fix a pay scale for the pharmacy faculties and for the principals.
Last year PCI had issued advisories to the institution heads three times urging them to pay the salaries of teachers on time without any deduction, but very few of the institutions complied with the direction.
Later, in September the council had given stern warning to the management about withdrawal of approvals provided they failed to comply with the PCI regulations.
Talking about the unethical and unprincipled manner of the institution managements, Dr. Kar alleged that some colleges are cutting the salaries, but some others are taking back the amount after depositing the whole payment into the teachers’ account for making documents.
APTI wants PCI to upgrade the evaluation system in order to make uniformity in pay-scale, grade pay and other benefits to the faculties according to their status and positions. When the quality of the lives of teachers increases the quality of education will also increase.
PCI has to notice this area also along with their interest in focusing on infrastructure development, setting up of laboratories and equipment,” says Dr Kar.
The association finds that a lot of teachers are getting victimized by the unscrupulous attitude of several college managements after a period of 10 or 12 years.
When young graduates come forward to work as teachers, the old ones are dumped along with waste. The new teachers are ready to work at less salary, so the institutions prefer them. The lives of the old ones are getting spoiled and they get no benefit at all says Dr Kar.