The meeting of the Delhi University Academic Council that held on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 was supposed to find out a solution to the confusion over the teachers’ recruitment process. Instead, the matter worsened between the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and the administration of the University.
The meeting was convened to consider a proposal to adopt University Grants Commission's notification on the minimum qualification for the appointment of academic staff and teachers.
The teachers’ association refused to accept the amendment pleading that the move would push thousands of teachers out of jobs, despite having teaching experiences in the university for several years. But the University revealed that after the meeting the contentious amendment had been accepted. As a result of which it has made the matter worse between DUTA and the administration.
In a press release, the University said that it had in principle adopted the amendment in the academic council meeting. To look into the matter, a committee would be set up to monitor how the appointments and promotions take place.
While reacting to the University's declaration, DUTA termed it as a gross misrepresentation of facts. The apex body of the teachers has demanded that Delhi University issues a clarification in this regard and announces the names of the teachers that will be part of the three-member committee on promotions and appointments.
DUTA has been demanding that those ad hoc teachers should be absorbed in their present position, as they are teaching since years and their experience should count into their appointments.
It is feared that the long-standing impasse over teachers’ appointments will be deteriorated further if the university and the teachers do not reach an understanding. Of the total 10,000 teachers, half of them are working on ad-hoc basis.