The Ravenshaw University Teachers Association (RUTA) of Ravenshaw University, Cuttack were on an indefinite dharna with the purpose of fulfilment of four demands before the Vice Chancellor’s office in the second week of April. The protestors wore a black badge as a mark of their protest. The protest was lead by RUTA Secretary, Bikram Keshari Mishra who stated his complaints that their promotions are yet to be, service books have not been returned for the last three years, no support staff, one-third of the actual teaching staff strength at present in Ravenshaw are shouldering the whole burden.
The protestors put forth the following demands:
- Promotion- While the Government’s gazette notification for promotion has already been a year old, it is not yet been implemented in the said university.
- Service book- The service books of our 22 teachers have been sent to the Chancellor for the last three years and yet to be back here. Hence, those teachers are being devoid of pay fixation and promotion.
- Pension- Although amount from our salary is being deducted at source meant for the pension purpose, the amount deducted for the initial two years is yet to be transferred by the university to their respective pension accounts.
- Support Staff- Not a single support staff employed at present in any one of their departments there. The teachers are simultaneously doing the job of a clerk too. Hence, quality of education, research work, etc is being affected.