The Aam Aadmi Party’s Teachers’ Wing held a protest inside the Executive Council (EC) meeting of Delhi University demanding the immediate formation of governing bodies in Delhi government-funded DU colleges. The protest was led by AADTA’s Dr Seema Das and Shri Rajpal Singh Pawar, who are EC members of the university. They sat in the well of the EC meeting to press for the cause of absorption and to protest the non-formation of Governing Bodies in Delhi Govt-funded DU Colleges.
Speaking about the protest, Dr Aditya Narayan Mishra, the National Incharge of AADTA, highlighted the plight of the professors and demanded that the DU administration stop arbitrarily displacing adhoc and temp teachers and denying absorption. He stressed that the absence of Governing Bodies has led to teachers being displaced by DU.
Dr Seema Das, an EC member from AADTA, expressed concern over the massive displacements of ad-hoc and temporary teachers due to the non-formation of Governing Bodies in 28 Delhi government-funded DU colleges. She stated that DU has been reneging on its promise of no displacement and warned that this is leading to the harassment of thousands of adhoc and temporary teachers working in the colleges of the university. She said that over 80% teachers are being displaced by DU at present.
Notably, on January 27, 2023: the then Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia wrote to DU VC stating Delhi Government policy for absorption of ad-hoc and temporary teachers. On January 28, 2023: Delhi Government sent the list of Delhi Government nominees for GBs to the University. On February 3, 2023: An EC meeting was held, but the list was not brought there for approval. When EC members Seema Das and RS Pawar demanded to place it, the VC in the Chair said that there was some technical problem. On February 15, 2023: The university administration arbitrarily sent 3 GB nominees to Bharati College violating DU’s Statute 30(1) and EC Resolution 51 (2012).
In a series of letters in January-February 2023, the Shri Manish Sisodia asserted that there was wilful delay in the formation of GBs and this was done to subvert the policy of Delhi Government for absorption with the cooperation of these GBs and revival of Temp Ord XIIIA.
The AADTA has demanded that the DU administration take immediate action to form Governing Bodies in Delhi government-funded DU colleges to ensure job security for adhoc and temporary teachers and avoid arbitrary displacement. The AAP has also called for an end to the harassment of professors and the implementation of fair employment practices in DU.
AADTA strongly opposed and dissented the partisan resolution moved by the Members of NDTF (group associated with BJP-RSS) to autorise VC to expand the GBs of the colleges on the pattern of Bharati College and Shivaji College. This can be done only as provided by Ord 30 D.