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Citing flouting of rules, Hindu College teacher stops taking classes

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 27, 2014
First Published: 00:31 IST(27/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:34 IST(27/8/2014)

A teacher at Hindu College has alleged that the college flouted UGC guidelines on appointment of guest teachers and also the reservation roster.

Ratan Lal, who teaches history, has alleged that the college appointed 50 guest teachers despite having a sanctioned strength of only 22 teachers.

“The college is spending more money than it should. They have only 22 vacant sanctioned posts but they hired 50 guest teachers last year. Also, the hiring process is not transparent and the reservation roster is not followed,” he said.

Lal also alleged that the college had divided classes into two sections illegally and was not allowing him to teach all 80 first-year students in one class.

The college principal, however, said that one guest teacher cannot teach more than six classes a week.

“An assistant professor, however, teaches up to 18 classes. Thus, managing with a fewer number of guest teachers is not possible. I am here to safeguard the rules laid by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The college accounts report for last year has been reviewed by the body already and has been cleared. Had there been a problem, wouldn’t the UGC object?” said Pradyumn Kumar, principal, Hindu College.

Adding that the college does not have the infrastructure to make an entire class sit together, he said, “It is my responsibility to ensure that all the admitted students get quality education. We cannot stuff 80 children in a room meant for 35.”

The biggest losers in the tussle, like always, are students.

Lal has refused to take classes till this issue is resolved. “I have written to the college a number of times to give me a combined timetable for the whole class. I will not teach till the irregularities are rectified,” he added.
Close to 14 students of one section, meanwhile, have written to the principal stating that no classes are being conducted for the paper Lal teaches.

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