Delhi University Teachers’ Association Calls For Varsity ‘Shutdown’ From This Date

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New Delhi: The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) called for a varsity “shutdown” from March 11 to protest a number of issues including non-payment of salaries to teachers.

The executive meeting of DUTA which was held on Tuesday discussed the “crisis faced by teaching and non-teaching staff in twelve DU colleges that are 100 per cent funded colleges for the last 14 months”.

“In many units employees have not received salaries for over 6 months now. Employees have also not received other dues,” DUTA president Rajib Ray was quoted as saying via a statement by news agency PTI.

The issue of the recent merger of College of Art with Ambedkar University Delhi was also addressed in the DUTA meeting.

“The College of Art was de-affiliated from DU and merged without consulting stakeholders and without due processes. The DUTA Office Bearers will hold a meeting with teachers of CoA in this regard,” Ray said.

The resolutions to “shut down” DU from March 11 and give immediate representations to the Chief Minister, LG, VC, college principals and the chairpersons of the 12 DU colleges were also passed in the meeting.

The DUTA also decided to hold meetings with Delhi University and College Karamchari Union (DUCKU) and DU Students’ Union (DUSU) by March 13.

The teachers’ body will organise an “Adhikar Rally” from the vice-chancellor’s office to the CM’s residence on March 15 and another march from the vice-chancellor’s office to the LG’s office on March 18.

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