The members of the Executive and Academic Council of AADTA, the teacher’s organization of Delhi University, have written a letter to the Vice-Chancellor in favor of ad hoc teachers. This letter has been sent on January 23 on behalf of Executive Council members Seema Das and Rajpal Singh Pawar as well as five members of Academic Council Asha Jassal, Kapila Mallah, Sunil Kumar, Alok Ranjan Pandey and CM Negi. In this letter written in emotional words, showing the situation of ad hoc teachers and what is happening on them, the Vice Chancellor has been demanded to do justice for them.
It is written in the letter that seeing the inhuman process of large-scale displacement of our adhoc colleagues, there is a feeling of extreme despair and unbearable pain. We are writing you this letter regarding stopping this. We should not forget that the adhoc comrades who are being displaced today with great insensitivity have dedicated the best years of their lives in the service of Delhi University. In its centenary year, Delhi University is proud of its achievements, the hard work of these ad hoc fellows is mixed in the foundation of all those achievements.
As you must be aware that during the ongoing selection process, almost 75% ad hoc teachers (about 300 out of 425) working in almost all the departments of various colleges have been displaced. These include gold medal winners including meritorious teachers serving for 27 years. This is not only a disregard of the promises made in the past, but also a blatant betrayal and a gross injustice done to commitment and loyalty.
Raised the issue of Venkateswara College
It was further written in the letter that as you are well aware, in the last meeting of the Executive Council, we had lodged a strong protest in this regard. Ad-hoc teachers have made their important contribution in keeping the level of this university continuously high. Some of them have been in their positions for years and have given their all in shaping the lives of their students and the image of the university. For example, at Sri Venkateswara College in the South Campus, 34 ad hoc teachers have been displaced recently. All ad hoc teachers (100%) in the economics department of the college were displaced in one stroke. AADTA opposes NAAC accreditation in principle, but the university values it.
In such a situation, a question to be pondered is whether Sri Venkateswara College, which recently got A+ grade in NAAC accreditation, was possible without the contribution of ad hoc teachers working in the economics and other departments of the college? The overall situation is the same in Daulatram College, Hansraj, Ramjas, Laxmibai, DCAC, Deshbandhu and other colleges of this prestigious university. It is obvious that by removing the ad hoc teachers, the university is showing ungratefulness towards them. Even proving to be insensitive to the fact that most of them now, after giving their precious years in the service of the University, have to find new avenues to earn their livelihood again.