In partial relief for students and the administration of Delhi University, protesting teachers on Thursday decided to evaluate answer sheets of final-year students. Teachers said the exception had been made only for final-year students and the boycott of the evaluation process will continue.
The teachers are protesting against the UGC Gazette Notification (3rd Amendment), which would have increased the workload and let to retrenchment of ad-hoc teachers.
On Wednesday, the University Grants Commission rolled back the changed workload criteria. Since the panel did not take any action on the Academic Performance Indicator (API) the teachers are continuing their protest.
The agitating teachers have not only boycotted the evaluation process but have also refused to participate in the ongoing admission process and the staff council committee as well.
The evaluation boycott has been on since May 24, leading to fears that the announcement of undergraduate courses results, which usually come out by June 30, will be delayed this year, affecting the curriculum progress.
The admission process for the undergraduate courses would begin by the end of next week. Teachers are responsible for the verification of documents during admission as well as other related operations.
However, for the final-year students, the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) batch, teachers have promised to complete the evaluation within a week.
They are demanding a complete withdrawal of the API point system that forms the basis of the promotions of the teachers.
“It is unfortunate that the government had decided to continue with the API based promotion scheme (PBAS), despite its proven adverse impact on teaching, learning and research, as well as the service conditions of teachers by large scale denial of promotions for the last eight years,” said Nandita Narain, president of the
Delhi University Teachers’ Association.
The teachers had said the boycott will continue till June 20. The future course of action will be decided after a general body meeting.
To express their discontentment, teachers will hold a candle light vigil at Mandi House on Saturday.
“For teachers both the workload and API issues are important. We cannot talk of one at the cost of the other. We will continue our protest till all our concerns on API are addressed,” said Ashwini Shankar, teacher at Deshbandhu College.