The Delhi Police on Thursday detained five guest faculty members of Delhi University who were protesting against Delhi University for non-payment of their salaries. The guest faculty teachers claimed that the University has not paid them their salaries for more than a year now. The police let go of the detained teachers after incarcerating them for an hour.
A statement issued by SFI (Students Federation of India) said that while the University teachers are to be paid Rs. 1500 for every class, they are being paid Rs. 500 less when they are given their salaries.
A guest faculty teacher at Delhi University’s Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board, Suyash Maurya said that we teachers were about to pull a strike while the Delhi Police detained us. Suyash added that the teachers will come up with the next course of action after a meeting will be held on Sunday. He added that it is really difficult for them to make a statement and get themselves organized. Maurya asserted that we are not a part of the DU Teachers’ Association and therefore DUTA has turned a deaf year towards their issue.
At the same time, DU Teachers’ Association President, Rajib Ray condemned the action of the Delhi Police. DUTA President said that it is very said that guest facility teachers at Delhi University have not been paid their salaries for this long time. He added that they have the right to put up a peaceful protest and demand reimbursement of their salaries. At the same time, he added that the guest faculty teachers at DU can not become a part of DUTA as the association is only for the permanent Delhi University faculty members.