Delhi University teachers protesting the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) third amendment regulation have now threatened to boycott the admission process. They have been already boycotting the evaluation process since May 24.
The protest could delay results of DU’s undergraduate courses, which are usually out by June 30. The delay will also affect students who have to apply for postgraduate courses.
With teachers threatening to intensify their agitation and boycott the admissions, the issue may snowball into a bigger controversy.
The teachers have been protesting the regulation as the terms of the notification would cause around 5,000 ad-hoc teachers losing their jobs and make promotion difficult.
On Monday, UGC called representatives of teachers across the country for a consultation on the regulation. With no concrete assurance coming from the UGC, the teachers are mulling to intensify their protest.
“The entire evaluation and result declaration process takes 30 days. Now with almost two weeks lost, the results would be delayed,” said an official of the examination department.
Teachers said they would decide their future course of action at the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) general body meeting on Tuesday.
“The consultations went on for more than five hours but it is extremely unfortunate the UGC chairperson was not willing to concede anything more than what the ministry of human resource development had already stated in its press release. The UGC chairperson was unwilling to give any assurance on the academic performance indicator (API),” said Nandita Narian, DUTA president.
Thousands of teachers held a day-long protest as the consultations went on. They banged steel plates in a symbolic gesture to make the UGC and government hear their anguish.
DU teachers were joined by teachers from different other universities, students and even political leaders.
JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was present at the protest, was not allowed to address the gathering. Some teachers were against Kumar addressing the gathering.
Deepender Hooda, chief whip of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, told the teachers that he would take up the issue in Parliament during the monsoon session.