An executive council member of the Delhi University (DU) has written to the varsity’s vice-chancellor, Yogesh Tyagi, urging him to extend the benefits of paid maternity leave to ad-hoc and contractual teachers. Executive council (EC) member and professor Rajesh Jha wrote to the DU VC after receiving a letter from the chairman of governing body of Aditi Mahavidyalaya.
The governing body of Aditi Mahavidyalaya had adopted a resolution in July for extending the benefits of paid maternity leave to ad-hoc teachers and contractual staff of the college, which is presently not available to them, Jha said. The resolution citing the relevant legal provisions had been submitted to the VC for the necessary action, he added. Earlier this week, the governing body’s chairman wrote to Jha to get the matter passed by the EC. Jha has now written to DU VC urging him to expedite the matter.
“Thousands of ad-hoc teachers have been suffering on account of ‘no-maternity-policy’ for non-permanent female employees. Many careers have been jeopardised because of this policy. In many cases, women employees had to report to work the very next day after child-birth,” Jha told PTI. Jha demanded “suitable statutory provisions” to extend the benefits of maternity leave to ad-hoc female teachers and contractual employees without any further delay.
Jha said even special meeting of the academic and executive councils can be called to discuss the issue since there are thousands of women teachers working in the university who are suffering due to non-availability of paid maternity leaves. On November 1, The Regulation Amendment Committee of the Delhi University had also recommended that ad-hoc teachers be given maternity leaves and the panel had said it would forward the recommendations to the academic and executive councils of the university and after their approval, they would become an ordinance.