The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Saturday organised an outreach programme, ‘Jan Samvad’, to create public awareness about the alleged “crises” in 12 Delhi government-funded DU colleges.
The lecturers’ affiliation has been protesting since earlier this month over a variety of points, together with appointment of senior administrative officers to the 12 colleges and a ‘Pattern of Assistance’ doc which it alleged would “inevitably lead to dismemberment of these colleges from the Delhi University”.
In an announcement, the DUTA stated lecturers, college students and non-teaching employees distributed leaflets at 5 places – DU Metro Station, Nehru Place Metro Station, Rithala Metro Station, Dwarka Mor Metro Station and out of doors Dr Bhim Rao (*12*) College – as a part of its outreach programme.
“People were shocked to know the kind of ordeal that employees of these 12 colleges had to face during the lockdown and still continue to face as salaries and pension are repeatedly delayed. People were strongly critical of the Delhi government’s refusal to timely release Grant-in-Aids,” it stated.
It added that individuals have been of the “firm opinion that any attempt to privatise and dismember these 12 colleges from the Delhi University should be strongly opposed”.
The colleges, which have been earlier referred to as “100 per cent funded Delhi government-maintained colleges of DU”, at the moment are addressed within the doc as “100 per cent funded Delhi government-sponsored college affiliated to University of Delhi”.
“The change in the manner of referencing clearly strengthens the apprehension that the Delhi Govt. – earlier tasked with maintaining these educational institutions, is now redefining itself as the sponsor of edu-business units – to find ways of disaffiliating them from Delhi University,” the DUTA stated in an earlier assertion.
The affiliation stated it might “step up its agitation” if its calls for usually are not met and added that within the coming few days, it might attain out to extra individuals past campuses.