A month after a Parliamentary Standing Committee report questioned the move by IGNOU and HRD Ministry to dissolve the Distance Education Council (DEC) in May 2013, the IGNOU Teachers’ Association has written to PM Narendra Modi and HRD Minister Smriti Irani demanding that the council be restored.
The letter comes at a time when 17 of the original DEC staffers, who were sent on deputation to join the new Distance Education Bureau in the University Grants Commission, are set to be sent back.
Prof B Saraswat, president of IGNOU Teachers’ Association, said in the letter the HRD Ministry had “forced IGNOU to dissolve its statute operating DEC by openly browbeating, pressurising and coercing DEC and the Board of Management of IGNOU”…
IGNOU vice-chancellor Prof M Aslam, however, said, “The DEC dissolution happened a year ago and was largely a government decision. Our concern now is about staffers sent to UGC on deputation… We have sought their repatriation…”