A Dalit woman research scholar has alleged violation of reservation norms by Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) in appointing guest faculty at one of its departments.
The scholar, a former faculty member, was selected as a guest teacher at the Institute of Management Studies and Research (IMSAR) department of the MDU in September 2014. However, she was relieved from her post in the middle of the session in December 2014, as the university cited “inadequate workload” at the department.
In a letter to the university authorities and the National Scheduled Castes Commission, a copy of which is with HT, the teacher alleged that while she was relieved from the services, five other guest teachers who were appointed before her were still employed at the institute, as per the orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court. The court had directed MDU to continue using services of the guest teachers until regular appointments were not made.
Furthermore, the varsity shifted two other guest teachers working at the University Institute of Law and Management Studies (UILMS), Gurgaon, to IMSAR, after relieving the Dalit scholar on account of inadequate workload at the department.
MDU vice-chancellor BK Punia said the teacher was relieved in 2014, while the two guest teachers working at UILMS were shifted one month ago. “The situation and workload have now changed,” he said.
MDU sources told HT that guest teachers were appointed in the university as per the demand in a particular department and the job is non-transferrable.