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DU goes from zero to 126 permanent teachers in 4 months, after overdue recruitment drive, removing 43 ad hocs but keeping 39

Delhi University: Damned if it does, damned if it does not?
Delhi University: Damned if it does, damned if it does not?

The Delhi University law faculty has removed 43 and added 87 new faculty members in its more-than-one-decade overdue recruitment drive.

The hires have been questioned over alleged irregularities and removed teachers have asked for an administrative probe, as first reported by the Times of India.

Facing pressure from the Bar Council of India (BCI) and from several writ petitioners in the Delhi high court, DU conducted interviews in September 2017 to hire permanent faculty 13 years after the university last hired permanent teachers.

With 82 ad-hoc faculty and no permanent faculty members at the time of the 2017 interviews, the law department was being run by ad hoc faculty only for the last several years, one assistant professor (AP) who didn’t make it past the September 2017 screening rounds told us today.

The AP told us that these ad hoc members continue to teach at the university after clearing internal interviews every six months.

After the latest screening rounds, DU law now has 126 permanent teachers out of which 39 are its former ad-hoc faculty who have now been given permanent posts after they cleared the selection rounds, according to TOI.

Allegations made in a letter by the ad hoc faculty members to the vice chancellor were, according to the TOI:

It is customary that the selected names are to be kept in a sealed cover on the same day of the last interview which in this case was September 29. But in this case, the envelope was open for almost four months and was sealed only during the meeting of the selection committee on January 27

We believe that the selection process did not account for the UGC ordained ‘50/30/20' formula where the first 50 points are for academic and research, 30 for domain knowledge, teaching skills and teaching experience, and 20 for interview. If they had followed these then those who are teaching at the faculty for almost a decade should have been considered

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