Just two days before the expected declaration of the first cut-off lists, differences between the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental over the introduction of a semester system are threatening to delay the admission process.
DUTA has asked all teachers to dissociate from admission procedures as a sign of protest against what they call a “unilateral and arbitrary imposition of syllabi by the VC in violation with the ordinances of the DU”.
DUTA claimed on Saturday that the staff associations of 53 colleges have decided to abstain from advising their principals on admissions, formally or informally. The registrar of DU had sent a letter to all principals asking them to remind the teachers that they would be violating Ordinance 12.4(a) of their service agreements, under which they are bound to participate in the process.
Some principals expressed grave concern over the delay in admissions. “Calculating the cut-offs is very difficult without the teachers. I have been trying to convince them to help. We can depend on the non-academic staff only to a certain extent,” said Aslam Parvez, principal, Zakir Hussain College.
But others such as PC Jain, principal of Shri Ram College of Commerce, played down the controversy. “I don’t think this is going to have any bearing on the first cut-off list. It will be as per schedule.”
Minoti Chatterjee, principal of Kamla Nehru College, said, “Though it is difficult to prepare the cut-off list without the teachers, we cannot withhold the list. We will send it as per schedule.”
“How can they hold the university to ransom? I hope reason will prevail and the first list will come on June 22, as scheduled,” V-C Deepak Pental said.