Teachers at Delhi University say this is only for the department level, as there are over 5,000 ad hoc teachers in DU colleges.
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NEW DELHI: Delhi University currently has only 58 teachers working on an ad hoc basis, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed Parliament on Monday.
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According to data from the Union Ministry of Education, DU employed 102 and 76 ad hoc teachers in 2019 and 2020 respectively. However, DU teachers report that over 60 percent of teachers working in DU colleges are on-time.
“This data should reflect only ad hoc faculty at the department level of the university, because otherwise DU affiliated colleges have more than 5,000 teachers working on an ad hoc basis,” said Rajesh Jha, DU teacher, former member of the executive council of the DU and the Academics for Action and Development. “There are still several vacancies and the university has stopped appointing ad hoc teachers since August 2019,” Jha said.
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According to government data, 57 DU-affiliated colleges employed 3,240 teachers on an ad hoc basis in 2020 and 3,082 teachers in 2019. Last year, up to 134 teachers at Ramjas College and 135 teachers at Daulatram College were working in as ad hoc teachers. Shri Venkateshwara College, Kalindi College, Deshbandhu College, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, and Dayal Singh College had over 100 ad hoc teachers.
Even at the department level, some teachers who were appointed between July and November were dismissed from their teaching posts after the university suspended the appointment of ad hoc teachers, Jha added. “Many positions are vacant and guest speakers are appointed to meet this requirement,” Jha said. Visiting professors are paid per conference and do not benefit from allowances, board, gratuities and time off, etc.
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Pradhan also said there was no proposal under consideration within the University Grants Commission, or UGC, to absorb ad hoc teachers as tenured teachers. DU had announced the vacancies of 857 permanent professor, associate professor and assistant professor positions in July 2019. Currently, of 1,706 sanctioned teaching positions, 846 are vacant at the University of Delhi, according to government data.
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