The Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, Yogesh Tyagi have been issued notices by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes. They have sought a report in connection with the alleged discrimination against the ad-hoc teachers of SC and ST categories in two university colleges.
The Social Democratic Teachers’ Front (SDTF), a teachers’ body, had filed complaints of SC and ST ad-hoc teachers at Dyal Singh College (Evening) and Daulat Ram College being discriminated against, according to the notices being received by the University on Wednesday.
The Commission said in a notice that a complaint has been received regarding gross discrimination against a scheduled caste ad-hoc teacher in the department of Psychology by the principal of Daulat Ram College. It has been decided by the commission that it will inquire and investigate the matter in pursuance of the power conferred to it under Article 338 of the Indian Constitution.
The Commission, in another notice, said that a complaint has been received by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes regarding the joining of ST and Sc candidates for the post of ad-hoc assistant professor in the English Department, Dyal Singh (Evening) College, Delhi University.
The University has been asked by the commission to submit an action taken report in both the cases before 15 days. The notices added that failing to do so, the summons will be issued to the university officials.
Requesting anonymity, a senior official said that the administration will ask for a report from both the colleges, and after examining the reports, action will be taken.
Savita Roy, principal of Daulat Ram College said that the college did not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their religion or caste She said that the concerned teacher was appointed on an ad-hoc basis in August 2019 in the psychology department of the college. A few months after her appointment, complaints were received by the students about her teaching abilities, and in October last year, a written complaint was also received.
She had decided to not renew her contract in January, but she decided to give her another chance after a lot of protests by the DUTA. But the complaints of students regarding her teaching abilities did not stop. When the classes shifted to the online mode in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, students stopped attending her classes. Therefore, the college administration cannot let her continue in such circumstances.
The principal of Dyal Singh (Evening) College said that the governing body of the college is the highest decision-making body, had not approved the joining of one ST and one SC ad-hoc teachers. He said that this is a year-old case now. the concerned candidates were selected by the selection committee, but the governing body had not approved their joining because of some reason. Without the approval of the governing body, any decision cannot be taken by the college. A report will be submitted by them to the university.