Mysore, Apr. 9 (RK&KMC)- The PU College lecturers entrusted with the task of evaluating the answer scripts of the second PU examination held in March 2010, resorted to a half-day pen down strike today.

The lecturers, in response to a call given by the PU College Principals' and Lecturers' Federation, resorted to the protest at all evaluation centers throughout the State, seeking the Government's attention towards their various demands.

The State Federation General Secretary S.M. Jayadeva told Star of Mysore that the evaluators would stage a silent pen down strike from 10 am to 1 pm, seeking a hike in honorarium paid for answer scripts evaluation and bringing it on par with the honoraria paid to the lecturers evaluating degree papers.

They also demanded the creation of Professors' and Assistant Professors' posts in PU colleges, akin to degree colleges.

"Un-aided colleges must be given government grants," the Federation urged and sought a separate salary scale for Principals. In city, about 2,500 lecturers at six evaluation centres — St. Philomena’s PU College, Marimallappa's PU College, Vijaya Vittala PU College, Mahajana PU College, Chinmaya Vidyalaya and Cauvery Composite PU College — expressed their solidarity with the Federation and staged a pen down strike from 10 am to 1 pm. MLC Marithibbegowda joined the protestors at Marimallappa PU College.

Presently, the honorarium paid for the evaluation of each answer script is Rs. 12, apart from a daily allowance of Rs. 300.

In a day, each lecturer, on eva-luating 24 answer scripts, earns Rs. 288. Adding the daily allowance of Rs. 300, each lecturer earns Rs. 588 a day.

The main demand put forth by the Federation is an honoraria of Rs. 15 per answer script and a daily allowance of Rs. 500.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director of PU Education K. Chandramma, Karnataka Housing Board Chai-rman G.T. Devegowda, former MP C.H. Vijayashankar, former MLC G. Madhusudan and others held talks with the office-bearers of the Federation at Cauvery Composite PU College premises and assured to represent the lecturers' grievances before the Government.

Federation office-bearers war-ned that if their demands were not met soon, they would intensify their agitation in June, when PU classes reopen after vacations.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore