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Ajay Maken leads DU teachers’ delegation to President

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A delegation of Delhi University Teachers, led by Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, met President Pranab Mukherjee  at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Friday and submitted a memorandum urging him to direct the university to absorb around 4500 ad hoc teachers with immediate effect. 

Maken said the promotion of around 3000 teachers has been stalled and also that Delhi university is planning to place around 2500 physical education teachers in the category of employees rather than teachers.

Speaking to the media after meeting the President, Maken said the Central Government has made a 55 per cent cut in the budget allocation for higher education, and as a result, around 4500 ad-hoc teachers of Delhi University, 50 per cent of the total  strength of teachers, have not been absorbed. "According to rules, not more than 10 per cent of the total strength of teachers can be put in the ad hoc category," he said.

Maken said between 1977 and 2003, ad hoc teachers had been absorbed through an ordinance. "We also demanded that the report of the Pay Review Committee of Delhi University teachers, which was submitted  long ago, should be made public," he said.

The memorandum highlighted the issues of absorption, teachers’ promotion, pension, confirmation letters to teachers, issues of physical education teachers, OMSP instructors, librarians and demand to make the report of Pay Review Committee public.

The delegation requested the President, who is also the Visitor of the University, to intervene directly under the powers vested with him under Act 7-A as the issues listed in the memorandum are mostly cases of violation of EC resolutions/decisions.