Students of Delhi University are an unlucky lot this year. After being forced to vacate hostels, delay college festivals and adjust to the semester system, they are now subjected to frequent teachers’ strikes.
The Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) in its Friday’s general body meeting decided to go on another indefinite strike starting Monday.
This will be the association’s second strike in October and its fifth strike in the last three months. The DUTA has been protesting against the introduction of the semester system since the beginning of the academic year, terming it illegal.
“Our teachers have gone on strike four times in the recent past. We are very worried about the course, as they will take extra classes and that will disturb the schedule of coaching classes,” said Ankita Sharma, a second-year student of BCom at Shri Ram College for Commerce.
Although the teachers have assured the students they will not lag behind on syllabus, they are still worried.
“The temporary teachers are not going on strike so we are managing. But I am still worried about the course,” said Ayushi Saxena, a first-year student at Gargi College.
“The situation will be reviewed next Friday. Before that we will hold a demonstration in all colleges on Tuesday. We will also march to the ministry of human resource development if the situation does not improve,” said Aditya Narayan Misra, president of DUTA.
The University administration, however, warned teachers that the ‘no work no pay’ decision would be enforced, if the they go ahead with the strike.
“Teaching has already suffered due to the frequent strikes. Holding another strike would harm the interest of students irreparably,” said the registrar in a circular to the principals of all colleges.