DUTA announces strikes against Pental

Delhi University teachers` association, which has persistently been at loggerheads with Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental.

New Delhi: Delhi University teachers`
association, which has persistently been at loggerheads with
Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental, today renewed its attack on
him, charging that he was "illegally sticking to the chair"
despite the expiry of his term.

Contending that Pental has taken a stance that is
unprecedented in the 88-year-old history of the University,
DUTA announced a spate of strikes and protests against him.

The term of Pental ended on August 31 and the teachers
have said that staying at the helm of the University was not
legal in such cases without the sanction of the Visitor i.e
the President of India.

"Under University statutes, it is clearly written that a
VC can continue in the chair until the next appointment is
made, but for this he needs to have a letter from the
Visitor," DUTA President Aditya Narayan Mishra told reporters.

He said the teachers are observing complete strike from
September 7 to 9, and would hold a demonstration at Jantar
Mantar on September 13 to demand the the MHRD takes action on
the issue.

The teachers said the search committee normally takes at
least six months to pick up a candidate but the Vice
Chancellor constituted the panel only on June 14.

The DUTA office bearers said whenever there is delay in
appointment of the next person, the Pro-VC takes up the job,
and in case he has retired the Dean of Colleges acts as the
acting Vice Chancellor.

Mishra said Pental`s predecessor Deepak Pental had
entered office three and a half months after his predecessor
Deepak Nayyar`s term ended, but in the mean time the chair was
manned by the PVC and the Dean of Colleges.

"By illegally sticking to the VC`s chair even after the
expiry of his term, Prof Deepak Pental has broken his own
previous record of shamelessness," a statement said.

The teachers said Pental had made the semester system an
issue of ego, and he was least bothered about the future of
the students.

"It is a misconception that we are opposing the system as
it would increase our work load. We are opposing it because
the revised syllabus have been diluted and will not benefit
students," said Jafri Abbas, Joint Secretary DUTA.

DUTA will hold open house interactions with students on
September 14 and 15, wherein DUTA`s opposition to semester
scheme of VC will be explained, and the general body will meet
on September 17 to decide the future course of action.


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