Delhi University, which has been reeling under shortage of teachers since the implementation of complete 54% reservation for students of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) last year, will recruit 2,860 permanent teachers soon in undergraduate courses across all colleges of the university.
"Since the number of students has increased due to OBC reservation, colleges needed permanent teachers to address the increased class strength. Also, with the university implementing the semester system in humanities and commerce courses this year, the workload of teachers will increase. So, the sanction of these permanent positions from the government has been timely," said vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh. The university is planning to start the recruitment process by June this year.
However, filling up of the posts will be done in a phased manner over two to three years. Principals too felt that the permanent positions have been long over due. "The number of positions being sanctioned is what the colleges needed. With the implementation of OBC reservation, the student strength of a class, earlier 60, has now increased to 77 students.
This has forced us to create two sections, which means we need that many more teachers to teach the students. It will definitely help organise teaching better in classes,” said SK Garg, principal, Deen Dyal Upadhayay College. Pratibha Jolly, principal of Miranda House, also agreed.
"The permanent positions will help maintain a good teacher-student ratio and help students get individual attention,” said Jolly. However, principals are also worried about the quality of teachers that they will get. "One is very sceptical about the kind of teachers that we will get if such a sudden expansion is done. In fact, I am planning to advertise the positions available in my college not only in Delhi but also at the national level this year," said Savithri Singh, principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College.