The Delhi University has informed its 32 colleges that they are free to appoint teachers even if they do not have a “regular principal”, a turnaround from its earlier missive to not make fresh appointments without a permanent head teacher. In a notification dated August 31, DU said it has “reviewed” its previous directive “in the larger interest of the students”.
The university’s assistant registrar, in a letter dated May 18 to the college governing bodies, had said the appointment of teaching and non-teaching posts should not be allowed either on a contract, ad hoc or even regular basis until they get a regular principal. Seven teachers of DU’s Academics for Action and Development had then written to Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh, urging him to “review” the suspension.
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The teachers, including the members of the academic council and executive council, had said several colleges were already short-staffed and the directive would adversely affect the quality of the teaching-learning process. They had asserted that the delay in the permanent appointments of principals due to extraneous reasons must not impair education.
In the fresh notification issued a couple of days ago, DU said, “It has now been decided that the College(s)/Institution(s), wherever the Acting/Officiating Principal(s) are in position may go ahead in advertising the teaching posts only in various disciplines in the larger interests of the students.”
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