Four months after the FYUP ‘miscarriage’ where ad-hoc teachers were left in a jeopardy, Delhi University now witnesses ad-hoc teaching staff outnumbering the regular teachers. 5000 ‘temporary’ teachers have been apparently tagged as ‘permanently’ ad-hoc in the University. The irony behind this statement arises from the violation of UGC norms which validate the appointment of ad hoc teachers only in the time of emergency and also limits the proportion of these teachers at 10% of the total.
Permanent appointments have not taken place in the University for a long time now and the future of these teachers is put to question. With almost all colleges being the contributors to teachers’ questionable future, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), India’s top institute also houses many more ad-hoc teachers than the permanent ones. Daulat Ram College (DRC), Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College (ARSD), Maharaja Agarsen College (MAC) and Dyal Singh College also join SRCC’s list whereas Satyawati College(Evening) and Ram Lal Anand College (Evening) have 50:50 ratio for ad hoc and regular teachers.
According to the statement by University authorities, appointments were frozen between 2010-2013 due to the new point based system. However, Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has a different story to tell. “Since the appointment of Dinesh Singh, our present Vice Chancellor, University has stepped out of fresh teachers’ appointments. The point based system they talk about never existed for appointment of teachers. It was something only meant for promotions. However, every college had their own set of reasons for not taking in permanent teachers”, says Nandita Narain, President (DUTA).
“My game is over. I am a bad influence on everyone”: Pankaj Narang, longest term of 20 years as an ad-hoc
Pankaj Narang also seems to employed permanently now but as a temporary teacher at ARSD where there are 170 ad-hoc teachers compared to only 40 permanent ones. “I have a long association here – first as a student, then a research scholar and now a teacher. But what have I got back is absolutely nothing. My job is still not secure”, he says.
Prof. Narang teaches in Department of Physics at ARSD and he has been denied research grants to carry out research by the government. He adds, “The reason for such rejection is my status as an ad-hoc. There is zero input and the authorities expect full input from me. This is just unfortunate for me and is deliberately done by the University. I am a bad influence on everyone. No one wants to be a teacher when they look at me.” Apart from Prof. Narang, two more professors at ARSD with more than 15 years of experience are part of the ad-hoc faculty.