New Delhi: An outreach programme, ‘Jan Samvad’ was organised by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Saturday. This was aimed at creating public awareness about the alleged “crises” in 12 government-funded Delhi University colleges.
Since earlier this month, the teachers’ association has been protesting over a number of issues, including appointment of senior administrative officers to the 12 colleges and a ‘Pattern of Assistance’ document which the teachers’ body alleged would “inevitably lead to dismemberment of these colleges from the Delhi University”.
The DUTA said via a statement that teachers, students and non-teaching staff distributed leaflets at five locations — DU Metro Station, Nehru Place Metro Station, Rithala Metro Station, Dwarka Mor Metro Station and outside Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College – as part of its outreach programme.
“People were shocked to know the kind of ordeal that employees of these 12 colleges had to face during the lockdown and still continue to face as salaries and pension are repeatedly delayed. People were strongly critical of the Delhi government’s refusal to timely release Grant-in-Aids,” DUTA was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The teachers’ body added that people were of the “firm opinion that any attempt to privatise and dismember these 12 colleges from the Delhi University should be strongly opposed.”