‘Why Call them Master/Mistress, Can’t There Be A More Dignified Designation For Teachers?’ Punjab & Haryana HC Asks Punjab Govt [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’Why Call them Master/Mistress, Can’t There Be A More Dignified Designation For Teachers?’ Punjab & Haryana HC Asks Punjab Govt [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay22 Jun 2020 5:46 AMShare This – xWhile noting the fact that the Punjab Education Department had used the word “mistress” while seeking applications from candidates for appointment to teacher posts in the state, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Thursday (18 June) asked the department as to “what steps can be and/or are proposed to be taken, in accordance with law, for change of designation.”Justice Arun Monga was hearing…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile noting the fact that the Punjab Education Department had used the word “mistress” while seeking applications from candidates for appointment to teacher posts in the state, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Thursday (18 June) asked the department as to “what steps can be and/or are proposed to be taken, in accordance with law, for change of designation.”Justice Arun Monga was hearing a petition filed by Maan Singh and others that their candidature be also considered for the posts of ‘Master Cadre’ by granting them age relaxation.While hearing the case of petitioners, the Court noticed that the advertisement dated 21.02.2020 (issued by the Education Department, State of Punjab), yet again had used nomenclature “Mistress” for the female teachers to be appointed in School.The Court further noted that this advertisement has been issued even when the Court earlier in a case in 2018 (CWP No. 9939 of 2014) had raised a query as to why can there not be a more dignified designation viz. a teacher or school teacher, who can be further sub-specified as English Teacher, Mathematics Teacher, History Teacher and likewise, instead of using the words “Master or Mistress”.However, the Court acknowledged the fact that the specific notice qua change of nomenclature/designation was issued to State of Haryana as the said CWP pertained to the State of Haryana only.In light of these facts, the High Court, in its order said”The Secretary of Education department, State of Punjab shall file a separate specific affidavit in this regard, as to what steps can be and/or are proposed to be taken, in accordance with law, for change of designation, as noted above. Affidavit be filed on or before the next date of hearing.”Further, the matter was adjourned for 13-July-2020.It is interesting to note that recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court came down heavily upon the Police authorities in the state for using a racial slur while referring to an African national accused in a criminal case under the NDPS Act. Justice Rajiv Narain Raina had observed, “I am appalled to find the term ‘XXXXX’ used while referring to an African national in the challan papers presented under Section 173 Cr.P.C before the trial court in an NDPS case. This is a highly offensive word across the globe and no one has any business to use it, and much less the police.”Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Not all ‘systems-level’ ESG issues are created equal: TIIP

first_imgThe Investment Integration Project (TIIP) has produced guidelines aimed at helping asset owners and managers sift through “systems-level” environmental, societal, and financial issues to decide which are relevant to their investment processes.According to Steve Lydenberg, founder and CEO of TIIP and author of the paper explaining the guidelines, being able to identify which issues were significant enough to be integrated into investment processes “is crucial for institutional investors because issues with too narrow a focus may prove irrelevant, ineffective, or even potentially detrimental to their management of long-term risks and rewards”.He argued that considerations about environmental sustainability or “the creation of a just and prosperous society” encompassed many issues, but “not all of these can – or should – rise to the level of ‘relevant consideration’” by institutional investors.To determine which issues were worthy of their attention, institutional investors should consider four criteria, Lyndenberg suggested: consensus, relevance, effectiveness, and uncertainty.  Issues that shared these characteristics were “those that will be of sufficient concern that long-term investors can reliably treat them as credible”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# He said an issue could be worth considering if it had achieved a broad consensus as to its legitimacy and general importance, whether positive or negative.To pass the “relevance” test, an issue should have “substantial potential to impact positively or negatively the long-term financial performance of not simply one portfolio or asset class, but portfolios across most investors and asset classes”, according to Lydenberg.The “effectiveness” criterion would be met if institutional investors had the ability to influence the functioning of a given system.Lastly, an issue could be deemed reasonable for consideration “if it involves difficult-to-assess uncertainties in the event of systems-level disruption”.“The greater the potential for uncertainty due to systems-level disruptions, the stronger the case for consideration of these issues,” wrote Lyndenberg.Examples of “systems-level issues” that could be deemed relevant for long-term institutional investors included: climate change, access to fresh water, poverty alleviation, access to healthcare, and stability and credibility of financial systems.The paper can be found here.last_img read more