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Those familiar with the organisational structure of Delhi University would know that the entrant teachers join the university as ad-hoc professors. However the working condition and guidelines applicable to them are highly discriminatory.
To highlight few of the situation that they have to deal with:
1. An ad-hoc’s services can be terminated without giving any reasons on a day’s notice.
2. An ad-hoc is given at least one day’s break in their teaching term every four months, so that they cannot claim seniority as the years pass (called as a break-in-service)
3. If a student asks ad-hoc for an LoR, the college might refuse to give them a letterhead
(as shared by few of the ad-hoc teachers)
With already such discriminatory and inhuman working condition, there came a surprise last month in the form of a UGC notification.
There was a government notification in May and some major highlights and analysis suggests that:
Tutorials would no longer be counted as part of the direct teaching workload, and that two practical hours would be counted as one. This would drastically reduce the total number of sanctioned posts, effectively rendering about five thousand ad-hoc, temporary, guest teachers in Delhi University jobless.
The remaining teachers would have to take double the number of courses, leading to doubling of preparation and assessment time and an inhuman and unrealistic workload.
The loss of posts would also take away employment avenues for thousands of research scholars all over the country.
The drastic increase in student / teacher ratio would also push our global rank down further, as this is one of the major criteria in ranking.
"Now this apparently bizarre decision appears to have been prompted by a 55% deduction in Government grant to our funding authority viz the University Grants Commission in the Union Budget in February this year. This, along with all the ill-conceived academic restructuring that has been going on for the last few years, is in keeping with the Government policy to shift higher education to the self-financing, private business model." writes the DUTA president in an open letter.
Hence the protest. The teachers are protesting against UGC's notification that is likely to bring down the number of teaching positions by 50 per cent. The notification also increases the assistant professors' workload from 16 hours per week to 22 hours per week.
It is a genuine concern and the entire student fraternity should come in support for their cause and request the concerned authorities to work out a rational approach and solution.
With a music video, she brought one of the biggest multinational conglomerate to their knees for the severe and one of the worst mercury contamination in the world at Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal Pollution is a proven case of mercury contamination by (Hindustan Unilever) in the process of making mercury thermometers way back in 2001.
After a lot of petition, fight for justice and awareness generation, the case was finally settled in 2016 after Unilever agreed for remediation of the site and appropriate compensation for the affected workers.
After her successful attempt with the music video "Kodaikanal Won't", she has begun a new initiative to bring the guilty of Bhopal Gas incident to justice with her video "Toxic Rap Battle: DOW vs Bhopal".
And guess what, the fight ain't done.
A professor at DU's prestigious SRCC college today alleged that DUSU president Satender Awana attacked him, a charge denied by the student leader.
The professor identified as Vineet Mehta alleged that Awana had come along with a group of students to the swimming pool of the college and had beaten him when he was asked to pay fees for it.
"When asked to pay fee of Rs 200, he argued saying he is student union president and why is he being asked to pay the fees. When I told him that similar rules apply to all students, he attacked me with a rod," he alleged.
Mehta, also filed a police complaint against Awana in Maurice Nagar police station.
Awana when contacted, rubbished the allegations as baseless and said he had gone to college to seek permission for some other students.
"Some students had approached me saying they cannot afford the Rs 200 per day fees for swimming pool. Being DUSU president, I met the principal to request him to allow these students to use the pool at Rs 20 per day, which is the charge for SRCC students," he said.
"I was asked to meet the teacher-incharge (Mehta) who did not agree to it and started abusing me. We did have an argument but I did not attack him," he added.
Congress affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) has called for a protest demonstration tomorrow demanding that the university takes an action against Awana.
The news and incident is yet to be verified by the police.
Well considering the past record of DUSU, this news does not come as a surprise.
Though Rs 200 for 45 minutes of swimming facility is very expensive for students and the matter should be raised with the concerned authorities, the incident which happened is certainly not the way out.
Source: Business Standard | DNA India
Taslima Nasreen bravely raised her voice against atrocities on Hindus in Bangladesh after demolition of Babri Masjid, but unfortunately Indian Muslims did not.
When atrocities were committed against Kashmiri Pandits, I told a Muslim friend of mine in Allahabad that I always condemn atrocities on Muslims, so he should condemn the atrocities on KPs. He asked how he can do it ? I said you just write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, and I will get it published, but he never did.
And many Kashmiri Muslims instead of condemning the behaviour of some of their own community, who behaved like barbarians by attacking KPs, shamelessly blamed Jagmohan for the exodus of KPs who were hounded out from the valley.
Many Muslims condemn atrocities on Muslims in the Middle East, but what about atrocities on Hindus, Christians, Ahmediyas, and other minorities nearer home in Pakistan ? Most of them conveniently turn a Nelson's eye to that.
All atrocities must be condemned, not just atrocities against Muslims. Secularism cannot be a one way traffic.