DU teachers end admission boycott

Teachers had been boycotting evaluation of UG examination papers since May 24 in protest against amendments to UGC regulations

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 6, 2016 10:45 am

In a relief to the students, the Delhi University teachers, who were boycotting evaluation and UG admissions in protest against new UGC norms to ascertain their academic performance on July 5 decided to end the boycott of the enrolmemt process.

The decision to join the admission process was taken at an Executive Meeting of Delhi University Teachers association (DUTA), following concerns about future of student being jeopardised.

Teachers had been boycotting evaluation of UG examination papers since May 24 in protest against amendments to UGC regulations that, they argue, will lead to job-cuts to the tune of 50 per cent and drastically decrease pupil-teacher ratio in higher education.

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The boycott was later extended to undergraduate admission process as well.

However, a section of teachers yesterday opposed the move saying it may hamper career of students.

The new Gazette notification has increased the workload for assistant professors from 16 hours of “direct teaching” per week (including tutorials) to 18 hours, plus another six of tutorials, bringing the total up to 24 hours.

Similarly the work hours of associate professors have been increased from 14 to 22.

Terming it to be an “unethical” mode of protest, students had urged the teachers to end the boycott fearing delay in results following which the faculty members had earlier decided to end the boycott for final-year students.

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