Delhi University’s Miranda house college has sacked 17 ad hoc teachers abruptly, without any prior notice. Many of them didn’t even receive a hard copy of the letter, but just an e-mail stating that their services had been terminated “with immediate effect” on August 29. DUTA (Delhi University Teachers’ Association) office bearers have taken up the matter, who visited the college on Thursday and demanded the cancellation of the termination orders. “The contract was from July to October, and them being asked to leave is not justified”, Rajesh Jha, General Secretary of DUTA said.
The staff association of the college discussed this issue on Wednesday and had resolved to reject it. The association secretary and two joint-secretaries, have thus resigned in protest. According to some teachers, the college apparently doesn’t have the finances to pay these 17 teachers. They had been identified as ‘surplus’, as there was a cap on the number of teachers the college can have. However, there is still hope as the HRD Ministry has stepped in and demanded an explanation from the college authorities.