Published: 01st July 2020
DU ad-hoc teachers to go without income for one more month as reopening date pushed to August 1
The university pays the ad-hoc teachers for the vacation days as well if they are present on the last day of the previous academic session and the first day of the new session
The Delhi University has extended its summer vacation till July 31. The university will now open only on August 1. But the university did not reply to the DU Teachers' Association (DUTA) letter highlighting the concerns raised by ad-hoc teachers. With the vacation extension, 4,500 ad-hoc teachers will have to go without any income for one more month.
The university pays the ad-hoc teachers for the vacation days as well if they are present on the last day of the previous academic session and the first day of the new session. The payment is made ex-gratia. But this year there has been a problem. "The last day was supposed to be May 25 but it was later extended to June 12. Some of us have worked till June 12 and have received the salary for that while some haven't. Now, we are not sure whether May 25 will be considered the last day or June 12," said Priya Bansal (name changed), an ad-hoc teacher. "There is no clarity on what will happen. We have been verbally told that the university will pay us when we join but haven't received any document confirming that yet," she added.
The DUTA, in its letter, had also expressed concern about this. "Any measure taken by the University/colleges owing to the pandemic (like delayed teaching session or staggered teaching sessions) should not adversely affect the services or livelihood of teachers. As it is a matter of livelihood of over 4500 teachers, the University must issue clear guidelines regarding joining to all colleges. With only two working days left, this clarity is essential to avoid any last-minute confusion and anxiety," the letter read.
Since this is an extraordinary year, DUTA President Dr Rajib Ray, urged the administration to pay the ad-hoc teachers their salary on a monthly basis rather than when they join in August. "This year is different. Even though the rule says they get paid when the university reopens, we would urge the university to pay them at the end of each month — June salary in July and July's salary in August," said Dr Ray.