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DU academic council does not want upper caste quota in contractual jobs

Starting at 10%, the government may force universities to gradually increase this percentage and finally appoint only teachers on contractual basis instead of permanent positions, they feel

New Delhi: Some members of the University of Delhi‘s academic council have said they will oppose the varsity’s proposal to have 10% of permanent positions as contractual appointments.

The academic council is the highest academic body of the Delhi University, responsible for the maintenance of standards of instruction, education and examination within the institution. It has the right to advise the executive council on all academic matters.

The DU’s academic council meeting had been adjourned on 2 January after its members entered the well of the house over the reviewed report of the University Grants Commission (UGC) regulations 2018 not being included in the agenda. The meeting will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) where the varsity will present this proposal.

Until now, there was no provision of contractual posts against teaching positions in the university ordinances and statutes, said Pankaj Garg, a member of the academic council. “Introduction of contractual appointments in teaching positions by the Delhi University under pressure from the HRD ministry is highly condemnable and would create a feeling of insecurity among 4,500 teachers working on ad hoc basis in various colleges,” he said.

Starting at 10% of permanent positions as contractual appointments, the government may force universities to gradually increase this percentage and finally appoint teachers on a contractual basis alone instead of appointing them in permanent positions, Garg said.

Other members expressed similar views and said they will be strongly opposing this provision of contractual appointments in the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has called for a flash protest Wednesday demanding absorption of ad hoc teachers.

A high-power committee was constituted to review the UGC regulations 2018 regarding service condition of teachers but the committee report was not placed in the agenda of the meeting on 2 January.

The committee had recommended absorption of ad hoc teachers with immediate effect and the extension of other benefits like paid maternity leave to them, they added.

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