In a reply to an RTI filed by a student of Law Faculty, Ajay Goel, who sought a record of the number of posts under different categories of teaching staff in all the law centres under the faculty, it was found that out of a total sanctioned strength of 287, there were 236 posts lying vacant. However, the problem is not just limited to the Law Faculty, but extends to all of DU.
“This problem is prevalent in the entire University because there is a shortfall of teaching staff everywhere. Because of this, there is heavy burden on the teachers who are already there,” said Dinesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, DU.
Due to acute shortfall, colleges are now resorting to employ the ad-hoc teaching staff. “As of today, we have a sanctioned teaching staff of more than 200 teachers but only 147 vacancies have been filled till now. So, we have to make do with ad-hoc teaching staff. Also, because of the introduction of the semester system, we’ll have to wait and watch for three years before it stabilises,” said IS Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.
Students, however, do not approve of the solution to employ ad-hoc teachers. “Even if the college employs ad-hoc teachers, their quality isn’t up to the mark. They are not familiar with the exam pattern of the new semester system.
In addition to that, they don’t have a strong command over a class, which makes students lose interest in the subject,” said Rahul Sharma (name changed), a student of Dyal Singh College.
While few colleges have managed to fill up some of the vacant positions, there is also an acute shortage of non-teaching staff.
“There is an acute shortage of non-teaching staff. So, I have requested the current non-teaching staff to cooperate and shoulder the additional burden and they have agreed,” said Vinay Srivastava, principal, Hindu College.