April 22, 2015 1:04:29 am
The decision to freeze regular appointments in 28 colleges — partially and fully funded by the government — till governing bodies are constituted, has many Delhi University teacher bodies upping the ante. The move, they said, goes against their long-standing demand to speed up hiring teacher recruitments.
The BJP-backed National Teachers’ Democratic Front (NDTF) will organise a protest march from DU North Campus to Old Secretariat on April 27 against the move.
“Over 1,500 appointments have been put on hold following the Delhi government’s order,” Rajesh Jha of Academics for Action and Development (AAD), said. Delhi University currently has around 4,500 ad-hoc teachers.
The AAD also submitted a memorandum to Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh against the order of the Directorate of Higher Education on April 6, stating that through the move, the AAP was trying to “encroach on the statutory jurisdiction of DU”.
“Governing bodies, under the University Act, Statues and Ordinances never cease to exist even when the term of political nominees of the Delhi government expires. Therefore, a call for stalling interviews has a clear-cut political agenda,” the AAD statement read.
Attacking the Delhi government for derailing the appointment process, A K Bhagi of the NDTF said 16 of the 28 government-funded colleges, received 95 per cent of their funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
‘On one hand, the UGC has written to the university asking it to make speedy appointments. On the other hand, the Delhi government has issued this direction. Which direction should the colleges follow?” a teacher from NDTF said.
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