The University Grants Commission (UGC) issued a notice that asks Delhi University to not to appoint ad hoc faculty in colleges since their salary is not permissible as per UGC norms and guidelines. This notice has blown a serious concern among the teaching community.
The letter mentioning this policy, sent by UGC to the Delhi University will affect substantial number of such teachers as DU Teachers' Association has estimated the number to be more than 5,000 ad hoc teachers currently employed in various DU colleges.
The DU Teachers’ Association has raised voice to withdraw that letter.
As per the UGC directions, offer the vacant posts of those teachers who are on leave (presently taken over by ad hoc teachers) to "contract or substitute teacher" who are eligible to "full salary except for allowances, gratuity and increment."
Whereas, for the posts that remained vacant due to retirement, resignation or death, the UGC told to appoint guest/part-time teacher against the sanctioned post.
Upon this the DUTA had said that the guest teachers are given a "maximum fixed salary of Rs 1,000 for each lecture they deliver and does not exceed to Rs 25,000 per month.
The media Coordinator of DU said that this matter will be taken up by the university to UGC, in the interest of teachers.
A group of DUTA members had met UGC officials on 15 May to "apprise them of discrepancy between the letter and UGC Regulations”. Next meeting will held on 23 May to take this matter up and come to a conclusion.