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Teacher’s association of AAP to contest University of Delhi polls

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With an objective to bring required changes to the University of Delhi, AAP is all set to contest University’s executive and academic councils elections. For the Executive council, Narendra Kumar Pandey has been nominated. Whereas, Sunil Kumar is the party’s choice for Academic council.

With the credits of revolutionising government schools of Delhi, AAP aims at improving the University of Delhi with much-needed improvements. 

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Current Problems being faced

In an address to media, DTA in charge, Hansraj Suman laid down the problems currently being faced and the main agenda. According to him, the first priority of their candidates will be to give the same kind of benefits to the ad-hoc teachers as permanent teachers. 

He added that the central government has failed in regularising ad-hoc teachers, in spite of its words which are now 5 years old. He also ensured that there should be a quota for the children of ad-hoc teachers in the admission.  

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Another problem he enlisted was that there are only six-seven colleges under the varsity with facilities for people with disabilities. Keeping in mind the fact that there are around 700 disabled teachers at the varsity, the number is too less

Another issue that was highlighted was about reserved seats. A committee was formed by a parliamentary committee which suggested that the SC, ST and OBC be given reservation. But, the University of Delhi has never accepted and implemented this decision, he said.

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The central government had given 10 per cent reservation for the EWS in 2019. But, EWS posts are given in only a few departments. No college affiliated with the University of Delhi has filled EWS posts to date, added the DTA in charge.

In 2007, OBC reservation was implemented in the varsity, but it stopped filling these posts after 2014. Most of the posts of the principals are vacant and he assured that they will fight to fill these posts.

AAP’s Education Model

The fate of Government schools in Delhi started changing in 2015 when the AAP government allocated a major amount of budget for introducing remarkable education sector amendments. Special Teacher Training programmes, digitization, special curriculums, proper sanitation and washrooms have been on AAP’s agenda of improving education in government schools.

In 2020, government schools of Delhi grabbed the highest passing percentage in CBSE, class 12th. The passing percentage has been on a constant rise since 2016, from 85.5 per cent to a whopping 98 per cent. The improvements in the functioning of government schools are clearly visible. Another thing to focus on was that almost 396 schools have recorded 100 per cent pass percentage in 2020.

But one of the biggest woes of DUTA in 2020 was for those 12 colleges fully funded by the Delhi government. They struggled to pay salaries to the teaching and non-teaching staff, and electricity and other bills, because of insufficient funds. The government even told these colleges to pay salaries from students funds. The teachers then had to move to the High Court for the same. AAP government is also attempting to bring amendments to the DU Act.

It will be interesting to see what will AAP’s stance be if it’s candidates get positions in these elections.

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