Press Release, 25-8-2011

DTF wins DUTA elections and thanks teachers

In the elections of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) held on 25 August 2011, DTF candidate Amar Deo Sharma was elected President with 2417 votes and a margin of 524 votes. Three DTF candidates for the DUTA Executive – Abha Dev Habib, Giriraj Bairwa and Saikat Ghosh – were also elected.

The DTF thanks teachers for this forthright and unequivocal expression of faith and assures them that it will strive to forge a united movement to meet the grave challenges facing the University system and teachers’ service conditions.

The massive victory of the DTF is an expression of the recognition by teachers of the urgency to resist Government Policies towards higher education. The policies aim at laying down a legal framework for commercialising higher education to facilitate private business through (i) a plethora of bills being proposed by the MHRD, (ii) ongoing forced academic restructuring of public funded universities and colleges with no regard for quality and equity, and (iii) instituting an irrational promotion policy designed to create multiple hierarchies and to deny promotion in order to keep the general level of salary down and make teachers subservient to the administration, to accept whatever they are told without questioning the wisdom or the propriety of changes they are asked to carry out.

The protégées of the Government occupying high positions in the University administration are vitiating the functioning of academic institutions through systematic arm-twisting, arbitrary and non-transparent functioning, and rewarding sycophancy and penalising dissent. Moves to discredit and assault collective actions through unions/ associations and destroying practices of widest consultations and involvement in academic decisions are the other steps which are being systematically deployed.

In the context of Delhi University, the teachers have expressed their faith in the left and democratic forces and entrusted to the DTF the responsibility to forge a united resistance.

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