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DUTA has called off evaluation boycott

After 55 days of protest, DU teachers likely to start evaluating exam papers soon

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 19 2016 2:39PM | Updated Date: Jul 19 2016 2:39PM

DUTA has called off evaluation boycott

After a prolonged protest against the new UGC norms which began on May 24, DUTA finally called off their boycott of evaluation of undergraduate exams to ascertain their academic performance. The teachers' association was against the UGC's norm of cutting 50 per cent jobs as this would eventually thin the workforce at the DU and drastically decrease pupil-teacher ratio in higher education.

 
The General Body (GB) of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) today ratified the decision of the teachers to end the boycott, claiming that the ministry and UGC officials agreed to setting up a committee to consider their demands.
 
An official statement said that the GB noted that negotiations have begun and the administration has agreed to our minimal demands of setting up a committee to resolve our long-standing issues. In this context, to continue a sustainable movement to ensure resolution of pending matters, the teachers resolved to withdraw the boycott of evaluations and boycott of Staff Council Committees. 
 
The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) members were not happy with the unnecessary workload of 18 hours per week, plus six hours of tutorials. Likewise, the associate processors were equally not barred from this change as their working hours increased from 14 to 22 hours per week. 
 
"In order to create fruitful negotiations to press for final resolution of our problems and to continue a sustainable movement to ensure resolution of pending matters, our executive resolves to withdraw the boycott of evaluations and boycott of Staff Council Committees," DUTA President Nandita Narain said.