The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) which has been protesting since late January has announced to continue the strike till 8th of March. They have also planned to carry out a march starting from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.
Earlier, the resolve was to shut down DU from 27th February- 1st March. More days in strike are likely to result in hampering the academic schedule of the university.
DUTA, which has been pressing for their demands for the regularization of ad-hoc teachers and promulgation of ordinance on the roster issue, in its general body meeting decided on furthering the dates of the strike to reach their goal.
The secretary of DUTA Rajeev Ray, when asked to comment on these developments, said,
“All the teachers are very unhappy today since their demands are not being paid heed of. This is the only reason why we have decided on continuing the strike. We are worried about the future of our students.”
In addition to the above-mentioned demands, the DUTA has also called for ‘Bharat Band’ on 5th March to mark the day since the 200-point reservation roster has been laid down.
College-wise dharnas are to be held on 6th March, wherein teachers would communicate with students.
The march from Mandi house to Jantar Mantar would also condemn cross-border terrorism.
As noted by DUTA, the meetings of the Finance Committee and the Executive council has been postponed indefinitely.
It is important to note that in the last 5 years, this is the first time that the varsity has gone for a strike for 10 continuous days. While a prominent teacher of DU shares, “1987 was the only year when the DUTA broke its record and protested for 109 long days.”
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