Tension between DU, teachers’ body escalates

However, it has only made matters worse between the administration and the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA).

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:December 1, 2016 3:09 am

The Delhi University Academic Council meeting, held on Tuesday, was supposed to stamp out confusion on the teachers’ recruitment process.

However, it has only made matters worse between the administration and the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA).

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The meeting was called to “consider a proposal to adopt a University Grants Commission notification regarding minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff”.

However, the teachers’ association rejected the amendment and said it would push thousands of teachers out of jobs, despite them having taught in the university for several years.

The university, however, claimed after the meeting that the contentious amendment had been adopted.

In a media statement, the university said the amendment has been adopted in the academic council meeting “in principle” and a committee on appointments and promotions will be set up to look into how the appointments will take place.

Calling the university’s declaration a “gross misrepresentation of facts”, DUTA has now demanded that the university issue a clarification and announce the names of the teachers who will be included in the three-member committee on appointments and promotions.

Teachers demanded that those teaching in ad hoc positions be absorbed in the positions that they are teaching in, based on their experience.

The long-standing impasse over teachers’ appointments will be further extended if the teachers and the university do not reach an understanding. Of 10,000 teachers in the university, close to 4,000 are working in an ad-hoc capacity.