Press Trust of India|Feb 4, 2023
Delhi University directs colleges to continue services of ad hoc teachers
The move comes after the DUTA urged the university colleges and departments to renew the appointment of such teachers for the 2022-2023 session.
NEW DELHI: Delhi University on Monday directed its colleges to continue the services of existing ad hoc teachers on usual terms "for the time being" in the academic session 2022-23 till regular appointments are made, officials said. The move comes after the DU teachers' organisation urged the university colleges and departments to renew the appointment of such teachers for the 2022-2023 session.
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Classes under the new session are scheduled to start on July 20. "We have asked colleges to continue all ad-hoc teachers for the time being so that there is no displacement. Meanwhile, we are hopeful that regular appointments are made," Delhi University Dean of Colleges Balaram Pani told PTI. The university currently has over 4,200 ad hoc teachers in 66 colleges, according to Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA).
As per the DU rules, ad hoc appointment is made for a maximum of four months. If the requirement persists after four months, a college can continue with the service of the teacher after following the due procedure. In a letter to various colleges, the university's assistant registrar took note that the appointment of teaching staff on regular basis would take more time. "The university feels that the services of existing teaching staff appointed on ad hoc basis as per the guidelines be not dispensed with or disengaged for the time being and they be allowed to continue on ad hoc basis on usual terms in the larger academic interests of students in various disciplines/subjects till the regular appointment of teaching staff is made," the letter read.
The university urged the colleges to comply with the directive. Meanwhile, DUTA has appealed to all the principals and heads of departments to follow the directive issued by the varsity. DUTA secretary Dr Surender Singh demanded that summer salary and ex-gratia payment should also be paid to ad hoc teachers at the earliest. Welcoming the directive, Academic Council member Naveen Gaur said it would help in rejoining all ad hoc teachers as the new academic session is scheduled to begin on July 20.
However, not all teachers are satisfied with the directive. The letter issued by the administration is just a "temporary relief" to the ad hoc teachers working across the colleges in the university for years, claimed Rudrashish Chakraborty, professor at Kirori Mal College. "However the real issue of the reduction of compulsory English courses does not get resolved by this DU notification. This letter issued by DU administration today is a desperate attempt to cover up for their decision which is both anti-teacher and anti-student," he said.
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