UGC: Teachers delegation meets Sonia

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A teachers’ delegation on Saturday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the issue of recent UGC gazette notification which, according to the delegation, would render thousands of teachers jobless.

The teachers associated with the Academics for Action & Development (AAD) were led by former president of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA).

During meeting with Gandhi, the delegation pointed out the anti-teachers edicts in the third amendment of the UGC gazette notification. They also apprised the Congress president of the stir they have launched against the notification.

The delegation, led by former president of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) Dr Aditya Narayan Misra, alleged that nearly 4,500 teachers of Delhi University and around one lakh teachers of state and central universities across the country would be affected.

“These teachers having all qualifications and expertise with long teaching experiences are facing no avenue for their promotions due to stringent measures in the form of Academic Performance Indicator (API),” said Dr Rajesh K Jha, Joint Secretary, DUTA.

“She was also briefed about the complete participation of DU teachers in the ongoing struggle,” said Dr Jha.

AAD delegation requested her to intervene into the matter so that the ‘crisis’ in the higher education is averted by the complete roll back of the UGC Gazette Notification (3rd Amendment) and the API.

“She assured the delegation of her support and affirmed that these measures from MHRD shall destroy the institutions of higher learning which was carefully nurtured from the time of Nehrvian era and expressed that the higher education has always played transformative role in our society,” he said.
Among others who were present in the delegation were Dr CS Rawat, Vice President, DUTA, and Seema Das, Member, DUTA Executive.

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