An online survey has thrown light on the poor working conditions of Delhi University’s ad hoc teachers.
According to the survey, the temporary teachers work for longer hours as compared to regular teachers.
Forty eight per cent of the respondents said they worked beyond the designated workload of 18 lectures per week.
Of these, 70% had a workload of more than 20 lectures per week.
The survey, which had 223 respondents, was conducted by a group of six teachers from different colleges of the university. Nearly 40% of the respondents had a PhD degree or have done post-doctoral research.
“Despite the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) changing hands between different organizations, the recruitment of teachers had never been a priority issue. We hope the findings of the survey will sensitise all concerned, especially the new association, about different aspects of the plight of a large section of the teaching community as well as the urgency of their regularisation,” the survey team said.
The ad hoc teachers have become the backbone of the university.
Nearly 50% of all teachers’ posts are ad hoc in nature.
The survey said 30% of the respondents had been teaching in the university for the past three years, a clear indication that the university needed to start the recruitment process as soon as possible.
The exploitation was not just about longer working hours.
64% of the respondents were denied their summer or winter vacation salaries at least once.
Almost 69% of the respondents had no say in choosing the paper they would teach.
30% said they did not attend any department meetings and had no say in making academic decisions.
“It is ironic that fearful, insecure and apprehensive irregular faculty of DU are expected to teach, guide and mentor students to become confident and independent-minded citizens, academics or professionals. The situation needs urgent redressal not only for the sake of teachers concerned but also for the sake of students and the quality of academics,” the report summary said.