The third regulation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) relating to service conditions of teachers turned into a political issue on Wednesday with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress attacking the Modi government for bringing in such a regulation. Delhi University teachers boycotted the evaluation process. All 13 centres where evaluation was to be held wore a vacant look on the second day. The teachers have been protesting against the regulation which had increased their workload and could lead to around 5,000 temporary and guest teachers losing their jobs. AAP Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey along with teachers affiliated to the party held a press conference on Wednesday.
They said that the new regulation by the MHRD and UGC was an attack on the autonomy of the university and an attempt by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to fill academic posts in the universities with its own cadre. “Why should teachers suffer when they are not at fault? There was no recruitment in the university and colleges and now with this regulation they are all set to be out of jobs.The regulation needs to be immediately withdrawn,” said SA Jafferi, assistant professor at Rajdhani College. In a statement, the AAP said the Modi government was trying to impose the decision of the previous Congress-led UPA government to introduce points system for promotion of DU teachers. Similarly, the Congress called the regulation a move towards privatization by the Modi government. DPCC President Ajay Maken with teachers of the Indian National Teachers Congress (INTEC) addressed the press conference. “This regulation would lead to the complete breakdown of the public funded higher education system,” said Ashwini Kumar, INTEC chairman. – Courtesy