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DUTA stages dharna against MHRD at Jantar Mantar

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar between 1pm and 3 pm on Monday.
DUTA was protesting against the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s decision to impose a ‘points system’ of appraisal for teachers and its recent announcement on the proposed autonomy for
St. Stephen's College, SRCC, LSR and Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT).

Amar Deo Sharma, president of DUTA said, 'We were protesting against the MHRD’s introduction of the point system for appointments and promotions of the teachers'.
Sharma claimed that, 'The point system, which seeks to mechanically quantify teachers’ contribution to the academic and corporate affairs of their respective institution, is based on an arbitrary Academic Performance Indicator (API) system'.

According to DUTA this appraisal system is designed to deny promotions and career advancement to most teachers'.
'It will also encourage an unhealthy ‘rat-race’ for the accumulation of points, leading to undermining of the teaching learning process in the Colleges and the University Departments'.

The DUTA also expressed its opposition to the MHRD granting autonomy to reputed institutions of higher learning, namely colleges like St. Stephen’s, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) and Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT). In this regard, a representative delegation of the DUTA also submitted a memorandum demanding immediate roll-back of the Point System from the UGC regulation and DUTA’s disagreement on the issue of autonomy to the MHRD.
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