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)
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.