The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) Saturday coordinated an outreach program, ‘Jan Samvad’, to develop public awareness about the alleged “crises” in 12 Delhi government-funded DU colleges.
The teachers’ association has been protesting since earlier this month over several issues, including th appointment of senior administrative officers to the 12 colleges and a ‘Pattern of Assistance’ document which it alleged would “inevitably lead to the dismemberment of these colleges from the Delhi University”.
In a statement, the DUTA said 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 program.
“People were program know the kind of ordeal that employees of these 12 colleges had to face during the lockdown and continue to face and pension are repeatedly delayed. People were strongly critical of the Delhi government’s refusal to timely release Grants-in-Aid,” it said.
It added that people were of the “firm opinion that any attempt to privatize and dismember these 12 colleges from the Delhi University should be strongly opposed”.
The colleges, which were earlier referred to as “100 percent funded Delhi government-maintained colleges of DU”, are now addressed in the document as “100 percent funded Delhi government-sponsored college affiliated to the University of Delhi”.
“The change in the manner of referencing strengthens the apprehension that the Delhi Govt. – earlier tasked with maintaining these educational institutions, is now redefining itself as the sponsor of Edu-business units – to find ways of disaffiliating them from Delhi University,” the DUTA said in an earlier statement.
The association said it would “step up its agitation” if its demands are not met and added that in the coming few days, it would reach out to more people beyond campuses.