Delhi University has constituted a committee to look into the appointment and promotion of teachers.
The three-member committee comprises head of geology department Devesh Sinha, head of plant molecular biology JP Khurana and head of political science Navnita Chadha Behera.
After vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi took charge, he ordered colleges to put interviews on hold till the appointment of the new selection panel.
The committee will decide on the rules and regulations of appointments and promotions.
Their decision will be crucial for about 3,500 ad-hoc teachers waiting appointment and over 2,000 teachers awaiting promotion.
Executive council member AK Bhagi has requested the V-C to include elected representatives from the DU Teachers Association (DUTA), academic and executive council members and a principal in the council.
He suggested making all eligible candidates part of the ad hoc panel and said the interest of ad-hoc teachers should be protected.
“Since the regularisation has not taken place for a long time, we want the university to make sure that no ad-hoc teachers who have worked the longest time be thrown out. Similarly, for promotion we are recommending to the university that the total length of service should be counted,” said Bhagi in a letter.
The committee asked DU colleges to provide information on the workload and specialisation of all teachers.
“The workload detail has been sought as per the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directive. After the fund cut, the commission is carrying out economic measures. The committee is asking for specialisation details of teachers but at undergraduate level, there is no specialisation and division as such. A history teacher with specialsation in ancient history cannot say he or she will not teach medieval or modern history,” said a principal of the college on condition of anonymity.
Principals feel seeking such details would affect teaching positions sanctioned in colleges. “To avoid these problems this letter is a caution to the university,” said Bhagi.