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Evaluation boycott by Delhi University Teachers to go on till June 7

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The boycott of undergraduate exams evaluation by Delhi University teachers in protest against the new University Grants Commission (UGC) criteria to ascertain their academic performance,entered its tenth day today and will continue till 7th June 2016 now.

The teachers had initially called for a four-day boycott beginning 24th May 2016 which was further extended till 2nd June 2016 but it was decided in a General Body meeting of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) to continue with the boycott till 7th June 2016.

The teachers are opposing a University Grants Commission (UGC) notification,which increased the workload of assistant professors from 16 hours of ‘direct teaching’ to 24 hours per week.For associate professors,it went up from 14 hours to 22 hours per week.

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The representatives of DUTA will meet UGC officials for consultation over the issue on 6th June 2016 while the remaining teachers will stage a protest outside the commission’s office.

The teachers are protesting against amendments to UGC regulations that they argue,will lead to job-cuts to the tune of 50 per cent and drastically increase pupil-teacher ratio in higher education.

While the continued boycott of evaluation process is likely to delay results this year,teachers have decided to go on with it.

The protesting teachers are demanding “immediate withdrawal of the recent UGC amendments and a complete scrapping of the current API-system”, “restoration of public spending on higher education and greater allocation to the UGC in the Budget”, “release of the second tranche of teaching posts as promised under the OBC-Expansion Scheme”.

While the Human Resources Ministry had last week defended the new UGC criteria for Academic Performance Indicators for college and university teachers, saying it provides “more flexibility” even as it ruled out any possibility of reduction in number of teaching jobs, it has instructed the UGC to review the same.

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