Two teachers of Delhi University’s Hindu College, who had been accused of physically assaulting others during a staff association meeting, were dismissed by the governing body of the college.
The incident dates to August last year when around 20 teachers tried to walk out of a staff association meeting. According to those present, a scuffle broke out between four teachers.
Two teachers were suspended pending enquiry in October. A fact-finding committee set up by the college was set up. The teachers were issued show cause notices to explain their behaviour. After the enquiry, the two teachers were dismissed by the governing body of the college. The action now requires the approval of the vice chancellor of Delhi University to be made final.
The college governing body’s decision was, however, not unanimous. The members from the university, which includes two nominees from the vice chancellor’s office, two teacher representatives and the principal of the college, all expressed their dissent in the matter.
According to sources in the university, the two teachers were dismissed unfairly.
“They were not given a copy of the report submitted by the fact finding committee nor were they given the mandatory 15 days to respond to it. The decision was taken then and there, something that is against the university ordinances. The trustees of the governing body behaved in an autocratic manner, ignoring the dissent of the university representatives. The principles of natural justice were clearly flouted,” a university source said.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association also condemned the dismissal.
“Rules were not followed in reaching a decision. It was unanimously decided in an emergency meeting of DUTA that the action must be condemned by all teachers. We will make a sincere appeal to the vice chancellor to not approve the dismissal,” said DUTA president, Nandita Narain.