DU teachers’ protest likely to hit academic calendar

  • Shradha Chettri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 03, 2016 23:40 IST
Ram Lal Anand College teachers demand the rollback of Academic Performance Indicator evaluation system. (Hindustan Times File )

Delhi University’s academic calendar is likely to get affected this year with teachers continuing to boycott the evaluation of answer sheets.

While the university’s new academic session will start in two weeks, there is no clarity on the results for the current first and second year batches.

University officials said there can’t be any promotions without checking students’ results. “It is a very complicated process and we do not know what will happen. Students can be given conditional promotion but this is also problematic,” said a university official, requesting anonymity.

DU teachers have been boycotting evaluation since May 24 to protest the University Grants Commission (UGC) changes to the Academic Performance Indicator (API)— the point system which determines their promotion levels. The teachers say the notification’s terms would cause around 5,000 ad-hoc teachers to lose their jobs, make promotions difficult and drastically decrease pupil-teacher ratio in higher education.

On Saturday in a meeting, DU vice-chancellor Yogesh K Tyagi asked principals to convince teachers to join the process.

Even if the teachers start evaluating answer sheets, it will take the university at least 30 days to declare results.

“Till now we were thinking that the result will be declared soon, but now it is becoming a cause of concern. If the teachers have boycotted the evaluation and admissions, it seems like they will also boycott teaching. It is going to be a great loss for us,” said a second year student of Ramjas College. She did not want to be named.

The teachers have also boycotted the DU admission process. Earlier, they refused to check the answer papers of final year students if their demands were not met. But they relented following students’ representation to the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA). The final-year result is yet to be declared.

Read more: DU colleges look at non-teaching staff for admission process

The teachers said they understood students’ concern, but were forced to take these steps to pressure the government into rolling back UGC’s changes.

On Monday, the teachers will hold a protest march near ITO demanding the withdrawal of API.

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