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    Delhi University teachers protest non-payment of salaries

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:37 IST

    The Delhi government funds 28 colleges of DU, 12 of which are 100 per cent funded by it while in the rest the government's funding contribution is five per cent.

    Delhi University teachers protest non-payment of salaries
    Protest in Delhi University

    Teachers of Delhi University (DU) staged protest against the state government for non-payment of salaries at 12 colleges-fully funded by the Delhi government-for the previous one month

    The Delhi government funds 28 colleges of DU, 12 of which are 100 per cent funded by it while in the rest the government's funding contribution is five per cent.

    The teachers who haven’t received the payment yet are for Maharaja Agrasen College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Bhagini Nivedita College and Shaheed Sukhdev College. Many believe that it is the absence of governing bodies which led to such situation.

    "We are of the view that the teachers have nothing to do with the tussle between the University and the government over the formation of governing bodies," Vice President of Delhi University Teachers' Association Sudhanshu Kumar told IANS.

    "Teachers have no role to play in their formation. We have asked for the immediate release of the salaries of the teachers."Dean of Colleges Devesh Sinha said that the varsity has approached the state government to release funds for the salaries.

     "We have requested the Delhi government to pay the salaries and form the governing bodies," Sinha told IANS.

    The governing bodies have not been formed in the state government-funded 28 colleges for a year and a quarter due to the disagreement between government and the varsity over the names of the suggested members, Kumar said.

    Each governing body is constituted of 10 members with the government and the university reserving the right to select five each. The long-pending issue of regularisation of ad hoc teachers was also raised by the teachers, who demanded that those working as ad hoc for a long time should be made permanent.

    There are approximately 4,500 ad hoc teachers in DU, many of them for years, in contravention of the university Executive Council 2007 resolution, which stipulates that any extension in a casual vacancy filled with an ad hoc beyond a period of four months should be explained by the college.

    "But as the situation prevails, nobody is required to do any explaining as nobody is doing any asking... Moreover, the colleges, despite a Delhi High Court order of filling all such seats with permanent appointments by July 31 this year, failed to do so," Kumar said.              

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