Delhi University Ordinance Making Teaching Positions Contractual Faces Opposition From Amendment Committee Members Delhi University Campus (Seek1/Wikimedia)

Rejecting Delhi Univerity’s plan to introduce contractual positions in teaching posts, six members of varsity’s Ordinance Amendment committee (OAC) have given their written dissent to the body, reports Indian Express.

“We reject the inclusion of the term ‘contractual’ on the draft ordinance... We are of the firm opinion that contractual appointment should not be part of the University Ordinance at any cost,” the six members wrote in their dissent note as per the IE report.

As per the report, ordinance 13 of July 2018 UGC Regulations read: “The teachers should be appointed on a contract basis only when it is necessary and when the student-teacher ratio does not satisfy the laid-down norms. In any case, the number of such appointments should not exceed 10% of the total number of faculty positions in a College/University.”

“The biggest development is that the university is going to bring contractual appointments as part of its ordinances, which was never the case in DU. We feel the university will convert these permanent appointments into contractual positions by using this ordinance.” Pankaj Garg, who was among the signatories, was quoted in the report as saying.

On the issue of re-employment beyond the age of 65 years, the dissenting members said that this “should not be the norm of the university, nor should be done as a matter of exception.”

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