Delhi University Teacher's Association (DUTA) is now facing a shortage of teachers as the recruited teachers continue to protest against the recent norms of ascertaining the academic performances of the teachers.
DUTA wrote a letter to recently appointed, Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar about this shortfall. The letter was written to the minister by Nandita Narain, President of DUTA. In the letter to the minister, she highlighted that there were many teachers mortified even without any purpose and are recruited for the DU admissions. She complained about the "humiliating" conditions that those teachers are working in, at the university."Despite an increase in seats due to reservations for OBC students since 2007 and the promise of additional posts to universities, over 4,500 posts in DU remain vacant with teachers working on ad-hoc or guest basis. The UGC (University Grants Commission) has not released the second tranche of posts either, leading to extremely over-crowded classrooms and a very high student-teacher ratio that is not only affecting the quality of teaching but also the global rankings of our universities" she said.
She added: "The denial of promotions to lakhs of teachers across the country since 2008 has already resulted in downgrading research and teaching in the universities, pushing the effective pay structure of university and college teachers' way below that of All India Government Services, who have time bound promotions. Highly qualified teachers are working in extremely humiliating, uncertain and exploitative conditions, having to seek renewal every four months, struggling for their vacation, salary, and being denied increments, maternity leave, medical leave etc."
She is seeking a legit explanation about this crisis and an immediate action for this issue as the number of students in DU has increased over the years and the number of admissions has also shot up. While thousands of posts of teachers were lying vacant, strong action is demanded the situation.
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