After the Delhi University Teachers Union's (DUTA) relay hunger strike, it is time for teachers of Hindu College to protest against their officiating principal, Pradyumn Kumar.
The teachers gathered outside Kumar's office on Tuesday morning and demanded an audience with Kumar.
"We want to know what has happened to the funds that the university and UGC gave to the college for the development of infrastructure. We have been asking for the details from a very long time but no one is ready to listen to us. Things have come to a head now and we have no option but to protest in this manner," said PK Vijayan, who teaches English at the college and was among the protestors.
Another demand of the teachers is to roll back the pay cut imposed on those who participated in the September 28 DUTA demonstration.
As per the order of the DU registrar, any teacher who was missing from college on September 28 would face a pay cut and a negative remark in their service record.
"The pay cut is illegal. The registrar has no authority to cut someone's salary. We want an explanation on the whole issue," Vijyan said.
Teachers alleged that the principal stayed out of college to avoid confrontation with the protesting teachers. Kumar, however, clarified. "I was out of college for some official work and that is when the teachers came outside my office and demanded to see me. As soon as I returned, I asked them to come inside my room to talk but they said they would return the next day," said Pradyumn Kumar, officiating principal, Hindu College.
"Countering the teacher's demands, Kumar said the infrastructure enhancement can happen only when the college gets approval for construction from various government bodies.
On the issue of pay cuts he said, "Imposing a pay cut was not my decision. The teachers were informed in advance that if they would skip class or official duty on September 28, they would face a pay cut. I am just following the orders of the registrar."