After asking college principals to stop paying salaries to frequently striking teachers, the University of Delhi, on Monday, asked the colleges to maintain an attendance register for teachers.
Several teachers have been boycotting work in protest of the semester system being implemented in the university’s undergraduate science programmes.
A letter issued by the Registrar to all the college principals mentions those teachers who have been teaching old courses in annual mode despite repeated reminders. These are the same teachers who are responsible for giving lessons in the first semester. The letter says that the teachers will now have to give an undertaking to take up in class the university-approved semester-based syllabi and to make up for lost time to complete the syllabi.
If the teachers fail to submit an undertaking by September 30, they will not be paid the salary for September. Also, the and pay and allowances paid after July 21, when the new academic session began, shall be recovered. As the drawing and disbursement officer, the principal will have to ensure that the new order is followed.
The Delhi University Teac-hers’ Association (DUTA), however, has rejected the circular. It said they will continue teaching in the annual mode. “All teachers are teaching in accordance with the time-tables prepared by respective staff councils and those courses which are prescribed by the University Ordinance under DU Act and Statues. The V-C’s illegal orders cannot supersede the provisions of the University Act, Statutes and Ordinances,” read a press release issued by the DUTA.