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DAVV not practising what it’s preaching


Indore: Practice what you preach.  For Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya this idiom suits best as the university is not doing what it is asking colleges to do.

The issue pertains to the appointment of teachers. While it is building up pressure on colleges under its umbrella to appoint teachers under Code-28 norm, the university itself is not appointing teachers on more than 170 posts lying vacant on UTD campus for past many years.

On two occasions, the university advertised the vacancies but the move turned out to be an eye-wash.

Ahead of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)’s peer team’s visit in September 2013, DAVV had invited applications for filling nearly 170 teaching posts.

But the applications were trashed after the peer team’s visit was over and DAVV was awarded Grade A accreditation by NAAC.

In February, DAVV again advertised the vacancies and received about 5000 applications against 171 vacant teaching posts in May.

But the appointment process was put in cold storage. Vice-chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad said that they would fill the vacancies but not now.

“As of now, appointing teachers is not our priority. We are focusing on bringing derailed exam calendar on track and preparing a chart for speedy delivery of results,” he said.

While DAVV itself is not appointing teachers on UTD campus, it has directed colleges to recruit teachers under Code-28 norm else they would be disaffiliated.

“This is paradoxical situation. The university which itself is not appointing teachers want us to recruit teachers as per UGC norms. The university should lead by example,” said AISECT college director Awadesh Dave.

Dependent on guest faculty

DAVV is largely depended on guest faculty for running most of its courses. Almost all departments and institutes of DAVV have large number of guest and contractual faculties. Some institutes like IIPS and IMS have even suggested university to trash the idea of filling permanent vacancies and appoint guest faculties against vacant posts. As per them, the move would save a lot of money of the university.

No regular faculty in three depts

As many as three departments of DAVV do not have any regular faculty. These departments are School of Commerce, School of Social Sciences and School of Languages. The visiting NAAC’s team had pointed this out but the university misled them stating that the regular teachers in these departments would be appointed shortly. School of Commerce head Rajendra Singh said that the executive council of DAVV in 2013 had approved over a dozen teaching posts and sent the proposal to Department of Higher Education for its nod but no response has been received from DHE till date.

6 profs to demit office in Oct, 5 have retired since Jan

While DAVV has not been appointing teachers against vacant posts, vacancies are increasing with senior professors retiring one by one. Since January, as many as five professors retired and sixth is going to bid adieu to DAVV this month.

Professors retired include: Rajendra Prasad of School of Chemical Sciences, Meena Bhuddhisagar of School of Education, KK Pandey of School of Chemical Sciences, RK Vyas of IIPS, PK Gupta of IMS.  School of Biochemistry head Prof Deepak Bhatnagar is going to retire this month.

This is for the first time six senior professors retired from DAVV in a year.

In 2013, Prof AL Sharma had retired. The following year a three time in-charge vice-chancellor of DAVV, Prof Rajkamal and Prof HR Pal had also retired.

In 2015, Shridhar Patil of School of Life Science had retired.

In total, 10 professors retired in past three years and three others are to bid goodbye to DAVV next year.  The void is growing but the university is reluctant to recruit new teachers.