New Delhi: In an electrifying display of democracy, the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) concluded its elections with a record-breaking 85.5 percent voter turnout.
This momentous event featured a highly competitive race for the prestigious positions of President and 15 executive members. Prof. A.K Bhagi of the National Democratic Teachers Front (NDTF) and Prof. Aditya Narayan Mishra of the Democratic United Teachers' Alliance (D.U.T.A) contested for the coveted President's post. A vibrant democratic atmosphere prevailed as 21 candidates vied for Executive member positions.
Prof. A.K Bhagi emerged victorious as DUTA President, securing 4,182 votes against Prof. Aditya Narayan Misra's 3,787 votes. This resounding mandate underscores the teaching community's unwavering trust in Prof. Bhagi's leadership and the core principles of the NDTF.
Out of more than 9,500 eligible voters, an impressive 8295 exercised their democratic rights. Total valid votes were 7969 and invalid stood at 326.
After getting re-elected as DUTA President in his first media conference, Prof. Bhagi talked about his priorities in the next two years. He emphasised that regularisation process will continue as it is going on at present. Counting of total past service in promotions of regularised faculty will be his priority. Same way, implementation of Old Pension Scheme (OPS), will be in DUTA's priority list. DUTA will approach the Education Ministry to get posts of EWS reservation in colleges of the university where at least 75% sanction posts have already been filled.
Specifically referring to the 12 Delhi government funded colleges, Professor Bhagi emphasized that DUTA will pressurize the Delhi government to timely release grants and salaries to these colleges, otherwise DUTA will approach the Education Ministry and the UGC to request them to take these colleges under their direct control. Out of these 12 colleges, 11 have not even initiated the recruitment process. DUTA will make all efforts to get posts advertised in this colleges at the earliest.
The outcome of the DUTA elections reaffirms the academic community's unwavering dedication to the principles of democracy. The Association extends its warm congratulations to the newly elected executive members and President Prof. A.K Bhagi, expressing optimism about the forthcoming academic reforms under their leadership.
Prof. A K Bhagi extended heartfelt gratitude to all participating acedemics, Election Officer Sunil Chaudhary, University Administrators, and every individual who contributed to the seamless and democratic conduct of the elections. Prof. Bhagi eagerly anticipated collaborative efforts to enhance the academic landscape of Delhi University.
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