Hundreds of Delhi University (DU) teachers are intensifying their protests demanding reinstatement of 40-plus ad hoc teachers, who were associated with the Law Faculty. This came after a group of ad-hoc teachers alleged scam in appointment of 126 candidates to the post of Assistant Professors.
The teachers who went on a strike converged outside the Vice Chancellors’ office for a spontaneous Mass Protest against the ‘DU Administration’s continued evasion of transparency in permanent appointments and failure to ensure justice for many long-serving ad-hoc teachers who had hoped to be regularised’.
A statement from Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) said the DU Administration has failed to come up with an objective criteria for marking in the 50:30:20 weightage formula (as required by UGC Regulations) and has left the whole marking process to the discretion of selection committees, thus making a mockery of the weightage system itself.
After the recent interviews for faculty members, the Faculty of Law relieved around 40 ad hoc teachers for new teachers hired on a permanent basis.
The protesting teachers alleged that some of the teachers relieved had been working for 10-15 years with the department.
The DUTA reiterated its demand for regularisation of long-serving temporary and ad-hoc teachers as their contribution to the teaching-learning and academic growth of departments and colleges across DU cannot be ignored.
In their strike, the teachers were joined by the Delhi University and Colleges Karamchari Union, which has also called for a two-day shutdown.
The DUTA strike will continue tomorrow in protest against ‘the negative recommendations of the Pay Revision Notification and the 70-30 sharing-arrangement on costs that the Government is insisting on’.