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DUTA stages dharna, demands regularization of 4,000 ad-hoc teachers

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) staged
dharna in front of the Vice Chancellor’s office demanding continuation of ad-hoc
teachers and due Payment of their vacation salaries

DUTA has alleged that many colleges are displacing ad-hoc
teachers from their jobs under the pretext of holding interviews.

“Despite repeated assurances by the Vice Chancellor
that the service of ad-hoc teachers will be protected, the University has
allowed colleges to conduct interviews even in cases where the workload has
remained unaffected. Through these interviews many ad-hoc teachers are being
arbitrarily discontinued from their service,” it said.

The DUTA Executive members and elected teachers’
representatives in the Academic Council (AC) and Executive Council (EC) staged dharna
outside the VC’s office demanding that the University ensure continuation of
all ad-hoc teachers in their respective colleges from the first day of the new
session.

DUTA said that the Vice Chancellor had also claimed
earlier that Permanent Appointments will be made before the new session begins.

“Not a single fresh appointment in any permanent
post has been done till date. More than 4,000 ad-hoc teachers are in a
desperate situation due to the uncertainty caused by the workload fluctuation
in semester system and FYUP,” DUTA said.

DUTA alleged, “The University has taken no concrete
steps to assuage the fear and humiliation faced by the ad-hoc teachers. Their
service conditions are discriminatory and they are not entitled to medical
leave and benefits, study leave or even maternity leave. Further humiliation is
being heaped on them by keeping the matter of their continuation and their
vacation salaries under a cloud of uncertainty.”

The DUTA leaders submitted a Memorandum of Demands
at the VC’s office, after the Dharna.

The DUTA team will start visiting all colleges to
ensure that existing ad-hoc teachers are allowed to continue in the new session
and their vacation salaries are duly paid to them.

By IER Staff

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