Close to 5,000 temporary teachers could risk losing their jobs over the intensified protest against the UGC notification. The teachers’ association has decided to continue their boycott of the evaluation process till Saturday.
The continued agitation and boycott could lead to delay in the results of the university’s undergraduate exams which were meant to be announced by June 30.
DUTA has opposed the notification that has increased the workload and teaching hours of assistant and associate professors. DUTA contends that since the course material would be covered by “overworked” professors, it may lead to the retrenchment of temporary, guest and ad-hoc teachers. They believe that it would further make promotions a difficult ask as the increased workload would leave them with almost no time for research or quality lectures, reflecting adversely on their performance.
After a general body meeting on Tuesday, DUTA president Nandita Narain was quoted as saying, “The teachers were left with no option but to continue with the boycott of the evaluation process till June 11. We have also decided to take out a protest rally on Friday to the HRD ministry,”
To add to the grievances of the students, the association has also threatened to boycott the admission process, which will begin in full swing with the first cut-off list due to be out on June 27. This was the result of a meeting with the University Grants Commission chairperson on Monday that failed to break the deadlock.
Teachers are absolutely pivotal to this process as they verify applicants’ documents and certificates.