Earlier this month, the University Grants Commission (UGC) released a circular in the second tranche under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) expansion scheme. This approval came on September 20, 2019. According to the circular, colleges affiliated with the Delhi University (DU) will soon have more than 2,500 additional permanent teaching posts.

It has been a decade since the UGC last approved such a scheme. The last time it happened, it was in 2007. In 2006, the UGC approved additional teaching posts to cater to the 27% reservation for the OBCs. These additional posts were to be released in two tranches.

 The year 2007 saw the release of the first tranche but the second tranche had been withheld. This resulted in extra pressure on the existing teachers. Ever since, the colleges have been demanding for the release of the second tranche of seats, which intensified after the introduction of the 10% Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota this year. These demands culminated in the UGC finally approving the release of the second tranche of additional teaching posts.

Teachers all over DU have welcomed this move with open arms. They believe that this move will lessen their excessive workload. Ramjas College principal Manoj Khanna believes that this move will also help in improving the teacher-student ratio in colleges. This, in turn, will help in improving the ranking of DU colleges in NAAC and other platforms as the teacher-student ratio is a crucial parameter for these rankings.

DU’s planning unit has also been quick to respond to this news. It recently released a circular stating that teaching posts will increase in as many as 47 colleges of DU with the maximum additions in Zakir Hussain College (morning) (84), Dyal Singh College (83), and Deshbandhu College (80), among others. Hansraj Suman, chairperson of DU’s SC/ST/OBC teachers’ forum also suggested that the University should direct the colleges to start the hiring process immediately to avoid filling the posts with guest teachers.   

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