Around 300 ad hoc teachers of Delhi University (DU) have got a breather. The teachers were on the verge of losing their jobs, for not having met the minimum qualifications set by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
In a letter addressed to the Deputy Registrar (Colleges) of DU, dated August 31, 2010, the UGC has allowed colleges to re-appoint lecturers who worked in the last academic year, even if they do not meet the minimum required qualification.
The letter mentions, "…those presently working as teachers in ad-hoc capacity but not National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified, shall be given a time period of two years (i.e. four attempts at NET) to qualify in the NET/SLET (State Level Eligibility Test) and during this period of time of two years, colleges and universities may not fill teaching posts presently held by them on ad hoc or regular basis …."
This letter upholds the earlier time period granted to the ad hoc teachers to meet the minimum qualifications.
A letter issued by the UGC to the vice chancellors of universities on August 29, 2009 had mentioned, in a similar manner as narrated earlier that, "…those presently working as teachers in ad hoc capacity, but not NET-qualified, shall be given a time period of two years to qualify in the NET/SLET and during this period of time of two years, colleges, and universities may not fill teaching posts presently held by them on ad hoc basis or regular basis."
This means the ad hoc teachers have time till August 2011 to clear the NET/SLET, which, as per the UGC's (Minimum Standards And Procedure for Awards of M Phil/Ph D degree) Regulation 2009, has been made mandatory for appointment of ad hoc lecturers in universities. The new regulation came into effect from July 16, 2010.
In compliance with the UGC regulations, Delhi University on April 20, 2010 had sent a letter to principals of colleges, asking them to abide by the above guidelines.
The All India Researchers' Coordination Committee had pointed out that this order of DU was in violation of the earlier letter issued by UGC on August 29, 2009.
The varsity authorities had written to the UGC on June 28, 2010 about shortage of candidates who meet the UGC norms for the post of ad hoc teachers.
In reports published on July 15 and 25, HT had first reported that ad hoc teachers may lose their jobs since they had not cleared the NET/SLET.