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EDUCATION- Once More, with Harsher Feelings

solved on time, are bound to break out again more virulently sooner or later. The system of higher education in Maharashtra is once again on the point of plunging into a chaos, on account of the boycott of examinations of the Higher Secondary Board and the Universities by teachers of Higher Secondary Schools (Junior Colleges) and of degree Colleges in Maharashtra. For those who have been following the developments in higher education in Maharashtra in the past few years, this has not really come as a surprise. This is the second time in the past six or seven years that college teachers in the state have embarked upon such a mass action. In the mid-seventies, when the University Grants Commission came up with recommendations for moro liberal pay-scales for College and University teachers throughout the country, the then Education Minister of the state had bluntly advised the teachers to forget about the new pay- scales for a generation. The introduction of the new 10+2 + 3 -pattern of education in the state at about the same time created several problems of service dislocation, demotion and even possible retrenchment for the College teachers. This also happened to be the time of the Emergency in the country and there were well-founded apprehensions among College teachers that Just when the problems they faced were multiplying, no routine channels were open to them to get them redressed. It was in these circumstances that the first boycott of University examinations was organised in Maharashtra.

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