Kolkata, Apr 16 (PTI) The associations of university teachers today said they will launch a protest movement against some clauses of the draft bill for colleges and universities prepared by the West Bengal government.

The Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) and the All Bengal University Teachers’ Association (ABUTA) announced separate agitation programmes against the draft bill for its alleged anti-teacher clauses.

A JUTA spokesman said they will hold a two-hour sit-in at the university on April 26.

ABUTA leader Goutam Maiity said, some of the clauses of the draft bill were tantamount to snatching of democratic rights.

Citing a clause like taking the consent of the authorities before commenting on the work of the state government, he claimed such steps will kill the liberal and academic atmosphere of the institutions.

ABUTA also called a convention on the issue at the JU today.

One of the provisions in the draft West Bengal Universities and College (Administration and Regulation) Rules, included bio-metric system to record attendance of staff members in every college.

Another provisions says, there will also be an annual performance appraisal report of every employee of a college or university, annual declaration of assets within April 30 of every year to the university/college authorities.

No higher education department officials were available for comment on the draft bill that has been sent to the Governor for his consent.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.