PU traces teachers’ missing service books
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After the Panjab University Teachers Union (PUTA) had raised the issue of misplaced service books of the teaching faculty with Panjab University (PU) authorities, the varsity authorities in their tracing spree has found over 37 service books.
The service book of an employee contains the entire record of his service starting from Day One.
The issue came to the limelight when the majority of the teachers approached the PUTA highlighting the problem of misplaced service books.
Due to the non-availability of the service books, teachers were facing problem of getting their increments and their arrears cleared.
A source in the Administrative block said that when PUTA raised the issue, the authorities initiated a drive to find the misplaced service books. So far 37 have been traced, and some others are still being traced.
Moreover, registrar Prof AK Bhandari had also informed the PUTA that he had ordered all the university officials to be more vigilant and strict in the future while handing over the service book of any employee to any administrative department.
In an attempt to save the teachers from harassment, PUTA had asked the concerned teachers to get the attested photocopies of their service books by writing an application to the chairperson of their department concerned and depositing Rs 10 in the State Bank of India fee collection branch at the campus.
PUTA President Mohammed Khalid said, "We came to know about the issue when certain teachers informed us that their service books were misplaced and they were facing problems in getting their arrears and increments."
"We had a meeting with the PU administration regarding the respective issue and they assured us they would look into the matter. We hope that from next time authorities are more vigilant," he added.
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