By looking at statistics, one can easily make out that Ad-hoc teachers teaching at DU colleges are the backbone of Delhi University. As per DU teachers, at present more than 6000 ad-hoc teachers are appointed in Delhi University. In various DU colleges, ad-hoc teachers comprise of 70 percent of the faculty. According to the data published by Delhi University, over 3500 ad-hoc teachers are currently working at the University of Delhi.
As per Delhi University’s stats, over 135 ad-hoc teachers are teaching at Daulatram College, 126 at DU’s Shri Venkateshwara College, over 134 at Ramjas College, 110 at Deshbandhu College, 114 at Kalindi College, 96 at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, 87 at Gargi College, 99 at Mata Sundari College, and over 75 at Shri Ram College and Shri Aurobindo College.
The problems of DU’s ad-hoc teachers was raised in Rajya Sabha, wherein year-wise and college details were sought from the Ministry of Education. Chaudhary Sukhram Yadav, MPs Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, and others asked Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Education Minister of India about the rising strength of ad-hoc teachers and non-appointment of permanent teachers in DU. As per Delhi University data, over 3530 posts of permanent teachers are lying vacant in over 57 Delhi University colleges.
In response to the concerns, Ramesh Pokhriyal asserted that DU had informed the ministry that over 56 ad-hoc teachers were appointed in the year 2020 in various departments. He added that being an autonomous body formulated under the Act of Parliament, the right to appoint teachers against the vacant posts lies with the University itself. As per the regulations released by University Grants Commission, all approved, sanctioned posts in the University system are to be filled up urgently.
Pokhriyal said that DU published advertisements of over 857 permanent faculty posts including Professors, Assistant Professors, and Associate Professors in July 2019. Member of Delhi University Teachers Association, Dr. Hansraj Suman said that 57 DU Colleges comprise over 3530 ad-hoc teachers on its roll at present. While at present, there are more than 6000 ad-hoc teachers in DU. He said that the University has not provided any details of posts on which ad-hoc teachers have been appointed in the University in the past few years. Dr. Suman asserted that the procedure for the appointment of teachers was initiated at some departments but was shut in midway. For the past three months, the procedure for creating permanent appointments was in process but was halted till the new Vice-chancellor was appointed.