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DUTA, varsity admin fail to sort out differences

Delhi University (DU) and its teachers’ body continue to remain at loggerheads, even as attempts are being made by the university to reach out to them.

delhi Updated: Jan 17, 2012 00:48 IST
Shaswati Das
Shaswati Das
Hindustan Times

Delhi University (DU) and its teachers’ body continue to remain at loggerheads, even as attempts are being made by the university to reach out to them. A few days after the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) protested outside the vice-chancellor’s (VC) office against the “unilateral functioning of the V-C,” the body is still unhappy with the goings-on within the administration.

University officials claim that no stone is being left unturned in ironing out the problems of the teachers, including issues related to promotions and appointments.

“We have been working consistently for the betterment of the university and the teachers. The university administration has succeeded in removing the impediments from the point system, which will benefit the teachers who are going to be promoted and recruited in future. We are also creating a college teachers’ grievance redressal mechanism,” said a senior DU official.

The university has also opened 390 teaching posts across 50 departments to fill in for the lack of teaching staff in its colleges. The teachers’ association, however, has decided to go hammer and tongs after the administration.

“We will discuss the issues that we had raised on January 10 in a meeting next week. We will conduct an extended DUTA executive meeting on January 24 and then preside over our General Body Meeting at the end of this month.

“Teachers are unhappy with the goings-on in the university and we are not holding any obstructive dharnas. The V-C cannot tell us that doing so amounts to contempt of court. He must know that this is an attack on democracy,” said Abha Dev Habib, member, DUTA.

Among the many issues that DUTA is battling, their ire remains directed at the Ministry of Human Resource Development for having enforced the semester system upon DU.

First Published: Jan 17, 2012 00:45 IST