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DUTA organises outreach programme to create awareness about 12 govt colleges

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Monday organised the second spherical of its outreach programme, “Jan Samvad”, to create awareness in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s New Delhi Assembly constituency about the alleged “crises” in 12 Delhi government-funded DU colleges.

According to an announcement launched by the DUTA, members of the academics’ affiliation distributed leaflets to the general public at Gole Market, R Ok Ashram Metro Station and Janpath Metro Station.

The academics’ affiliation has been protesting since earlier final month over quite a lot of points, together with delay in issuing Grant-in-Aids, 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”.

“The Delhi government has repeatedly failed to give timely Grant-in-Aids with the result that employees of these colleges have been forced to go without salaries for many months. Former employees have been struggling as their pensions have been stopped,” it alleged.
“People supported DUTA’s demand that the draconian Pattern of Assistance document must be withdrawn by the Delhi government. The DUTA sees this Pattern of Assistance document as a part of the National Education Policy and a move towards dismembering these 12 Delhi University colleges from the Delhi University,” it stated.

The affiliation additionally alleged that the Delhi authorities has “arbitrarily” assigned 12 senior AOs within the 12 colleges, whilst DU has no provision of appointment of any such officers.

“The office of the principal is adequate to deal with all issues of the college. With the Pattern of Assistance document, the DUTA demands that this Delhi government order to appoint senior AOs should also be withdrawn,” it stated.

The affiliation stated an analogous public outreach programme is scheduled to be held in Patparganj on April 9, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s meeting constituency.

The DUTA on Sunday had stated that it will return on strike from April 12 if the “university failed to take concrete steps” to safeguard curiosity of workers and colleges.

“It was decided and communicated to staff associations that while teachers will return to their classes from April 1, 2021, the DUTA shall resume the strike from April 12 in case the university fails to take concrete steps to safeguard interest of employees and colleges,” it had stated.

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