'Dissenting teachers may face legal action'

Teachers of Delhi University who have dissociated from the admission process, citing their differences over introduction of semester system from this academic year, may be liable to legal action for acting against the High Court order. Joyeeta Ghosh reports.
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Updated on Jun 26, 2010 11:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByJoyeeta Ghosh, New Delhi

Teachers of Delhi University who have dissociated from the admission process, citing their differences over introduction of semester system from this academic year, may be liable to legal action for acting against the High Court order.

A letter, dated June 25, sent by M.A. Sikandar, registrar (legal) of the university to the principals have asked them to send the names of those teachers who did not take part in the admission process.

"It has come to the notice of the University that despite the restraint order dated 21.6.2010, issued by the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi, against DUTA and its officers, not to obstruct the admission process in any manner whatsoever, many of the college teachers who are the members of the admission committee are not performing their duty," said the letter.

It further states, "You are, therefore, requested to send the names of all such members of the admission committee constituted by the college who failed to perform their duties. The requisite information must reach the University latest by Monday, 28th June 2010."

While some principals said they are yet to receive the letter, others said the decision whether to send the names or not will be taken after a meeting with the teachers.

"I have convened an emergency meeting of the admission committee and will place the matter before them and then take a decision," said one of the principals.

The letter also urges the principals "to place the matter before the Governing Body for taking appropriate action as per the provisions of Ordinance XII of the ordinances applicable to college teachers."

Meanwhile, Aditya Narayan Misra, president of Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) said, "The DUTA abides by the order of the High Court and has not obstructed or shall not obstruct the admission process. It continues with its appeal to the teachers to dissociate from the admission process peacefully.”

“The threat issued by the registrar is uncalled for. Such threats cannot substitute for lawful and democratic functioning for an educational institution,” Misra added.

He also added that DUTA urges the Vice Chancellor to hold consultations rather than issuing letters in the interest of the university.

In the absence of teachers, colleges had to manage the admission process with the help of non-academic staff this year.

This not only inconvenienced colleges but also students,

who were found wanting for guidance through the admission process.

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