The new University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines meant for ad hoc teachers has resulted in a crisis of teaching staff at the University of Delhi.
In order to raise the standard of teaching in colleges, the UGC has made it mandatory for ad hoc teachers to have at least cleared either the National Eligibility Test or the State Level Eligibility Test. In case they haven't cleared either, they should have a PhD degree in the subject.
Although the new academic session began on July 21, principals of various colleges are still grappling with staff shortage — especially in subjects such as Computer Science, English and Economics.
The hardest hit are the students of the 13 science courses — which will be taught under the semester system.
"All first-year science students have to study this paper (Computer Applications), but where are the teachers?" said Savithri Singh, principal of Acharya Narendra Dev College.
Maharaja Agrasen College has six teachers for computer science — but only one meets the required UGC qualification. Despite this, the college has given letter of extension to the teachers. "What else can one do? We cannot let the students' studies be compromised," said principal Sunil Sondhi.
Delhi University, on its part had written to the UGC on June 28, 2010, stating about the shortage of teachers who meet the norms for the post of ad hoc teachers. Close to 300 ad hoc teachers in the varsity do not meet the new norms.
Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental said: "We have no choice but to continue with the ad hoc teachers for the time being, even if they do not meet the UGC norms. We cannot let the classes be affected due to non-availability of teachers."