Seems like there is no bridging the gap between Delhi University Teacher's Association (DUTA) and the vice chancellor of the Delhi University.
The one-day strike called by the Delhi University Teacher's Association on Tuesday against the "non cooperative attitude of the vice chancellor and the Delhi University administration" is going to be on despite a 'no work, no pay' order passed by the registrar, Delhi University.
"The situation in DU has been stifling and intolerable for the teaching fraternity. Despite umpteen protests and appeals against the VC's growing indifference towards the university's employees and students, he remains unfazed. The problem is that he also remains inaccessible," said a statement issued by DUTA.
DUTA is protesting against a number of teaching posts that are lying vacant in the university. The VC is giving DUTA a cold shoulder, they allege.
The registrar, on the other hand, has sent letters to the dean of DU colleges and the principals to ensure that the attendance of all teachers is duly marked on Tuesday. The order also states that all leaves for Tuesday be cancelled.
"Teachers are required to be present in their respective colleges and departments all through the working hours on August 28. You are required to keep a record of attendance of all the teachers during this period and to forward a copy of the same to the office of the Registrar by 12 noon on 29 August 2012," reads the letter sent to college principals.
"If teachers go on a strike they will be going against the order of the high court. It will affect their service records," said Alka Sharma, registrar, DU. DUTA, however, has not relented yet.
"The heads of our colleges have forwarded the registrar's letter to us but we will not be intimidated. Protest is the right of every citizen. The DU administration has become hostile towards the teaching staff. The vice chancellor, in following a directive from the government is dismissing the voice of the teachers," said Abha Dev Habib, a member of DUTA.