Counting of votes was still on at the time of going to press. There are 26 people in fray for 16 posts.
“The university did not calling off classes this time, though that was always done in the past,” said Sachin N, a DU teacher.
DU had issued a notification last week saying classes will be called off, but the notification was later withdrawn. This, however, did not stop teachers from voting and the turnout saw an increase of 10 percentage points.
Teachers from all groups criticised the university’s decision to hold classes. “The college authorities decided to hold an impromptu meeting on Thursday just to keep teachers from voting. But many teachers from my college came out to vote,” said an ad hoc teacher from a south Delhi college.
Vice Chancellor, Dinesh Singh, has in the past called DUTA an illegal body.
“The huge turnout shows that teachers are not satisfied with the authorities. It is sad that some administration members tried to interfere in the elections. The sudden interest is ironic as the V-C had earlier said DUTA was an illegal body,” said Janemoy Khuntiya, chairperson, Academics for Action and Development.