The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Sunday said it will go back on strike from April 12, if the university cannot take concrete steps to safeguard employees’ and colleges’ interests.
DUTA has been protesting for over three weeks against senior administrative officers’ appointments (Sr AOs) and a ‘Pattern of Assistance’ document in 12 Delhi government-funded DU colleges. According to a letter addressed to the university’s acting vice-chancellor P. C. Joshi, DUTA demanded that the university ensure the 12 colleges are governed within the DU Act framework Ordinances.
“The DUTA executive further demands that the university convenes an emergent meeting of Executive Council to pass resolutions against Pattern of Assistance and appointment of Sr. AOs in the 12 DU colleges,” the letter added.
DUTA has been raising demands to revoke an order from the Finance Department of the Delhi government that gives senior administrative officers additional charge of the 12 colleges. The vice-chancellor wrote a letter to the Finance Department on March 24th and also held a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on April 1 to discuss the resolution of pending issues and collaboration for quality education. DUTA also requested the vice-chancellor to hold a meeting and update the teachers’ body on the latest development in the matter.
Previously, the teachers’ association went on a strike on March 11 against the non-payment of salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff of the 12 colleges.
They continued the strike even as the government paid the dues alleging that through the “Pattern of Assistance” document issued by the Directorate of Higher Education, the city government was attempting to find ways of disaffiliating them from Delhi University.
“The Pattern of Assistance document refers to these 12 colleges as ‘100 per cent funded Delhi government-sponsored colleges affiliated to the University of Delhi’. This is absolutely wrong as these are constituent colleges of the university,” DUTA had said in a statement on March 18.