Delhi university: DUTA dials Pallam Raju, V-C told to hold talks
Though the Delhi University Teachers’ Association has called off its relay hunger strike — it has been protesting the manner in which the university administration is implementing new policies — it is clearly not giving up. DUTA representatives met new HRD minister Pallam Raju who told reporters that changes must be brought about but through consensus.
Dinesh Singh, on his part, is clearly pushing through a reform agenda. If his predecessor Deepak Pental brought in the semester system amid much opposition, Singh’s ambitious plans for meta universities, meta colleges and introducing four-year undergraduate courses have become equally contentious. That apart, his new ideas — scrapping re-evaluation of papers and introduction of the biometric attendance system for teachers — are also viewed as irritants by many.
While the vice-chancellor may not be making time for DUTA, those close to him claim he has interacted with over 4,000 teachers in the past two years, regularly attends college staff meetings and has been getting positive feedback on the changes being brought in.
His weekly public ‘durbar’ at Gandhi Bhawan is seen as a way to reach out to all stakeholders, including students and parents. Keen
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