DU’s national hunt for ad hoc teachers

In a move aimed at filling the acute shortfall of 300 ad hoc teachers, the Delhi University on Thursday decided to advertise for posts on a national level.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2010 2:44 am

In a move aimed at filling the acute shortfall of 300 ad hoc teachers, the Delhi University on Thursday decided to advertise for posts on a national level.

The Newsline had reported on July 7 that more than 150 MPhil-qualified ad hoc teachers of English,economics and computer science will be out of work starting this academic session after the University Grants Commission (UGC) ruled that PhD or NET should be the qualification for an assistant lecturer. The DU decided to adopt this criteria for ad hoc lecturers on April 22 this year. The advertisements are reportedly aimed at creating a “databank” of eligible individuals and colleges from which the candidates can be chosen. Since it has become near-impossible to find candidates to fill reserved ad hoc faculty positions against leave vacancy,they will be advertised for all disciplines.

“We will be writing to the UGC shortly to allow us to recruit temporary faculty in selected disciplines like English,economics and computer science. It is likely that we will be looking at guest faculty. This is a matter that has to be dealt with urgently,more so because we have implemented the semester system this year and cannot afford to waste time,” said Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental.

Thursday’s decision of the DU is not-so-good news for the ad hoc teachers as the university has shown no intention of re-appointing them for a year so that they may pass the NET.

At the same time,the MHRD letter could be reason for hope — if the DU decides to go by the additional secretary’s suggestion,ad hoc teachers,who were on rolls at the end of the last academic session,will be re-appointed for a year and they will be in line to receive two-and-a-half months of summer vacation salary.

That would amount to about Rs 1 lakh per individual.

Changes sought in UGC pay regulations
Sunil Kumar,additional secretary at the Ministry of Human Resources Development,has written to UGC Chairman Sukhdeo Thorat,requesting for an amendment to the UGC Pay Regulations,2010 so that ad hoc individuals be given one more year to clear the National Eligibility Test (NET).

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