The registrar of Delhi University has written to the principals of the colleges on Thursday, asking them not to pay salaries to those teachers who abstain from taking classes.
The registrar’s letter comes in the wake of frequent strikes by Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA).
The letter mentions, “In order to protect the interest of large number of the students enrolled in the colleges for various programme of study, the vice-chancellor, in exercise of his powers conferred under statute 11-G of the Statutes of the University, has decided that the teachers who abstain themselves from duty due to strike, dharna, demonstration, etc. henceforth should not be paid salary and allowances for such period (sic).”
The letter further mentions that the principals who are the drawing and disbursement officer of the colleges will
be responsible for deduction of the teachers’ salary.
The DUTA, which held dharnas and strikes from September 1-17 and then again struck work for three days from September 21, said the VC had no authority to issue such a letter since his term expired on August 30. The teachers were protesting against the implementation of the semester system and continuation of Deepak Pental in the VC’s office.
“Such letters only reflect the frustration of university administration. These officials are going beyond their area of what they are asked to do by the university calendar,” said the DUTA in a press release.