Nandita Narain elected DUTA president

Left-affiliated Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) candidate Nandita Narain won the presidential elections of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association.

Ms. Narain, who has been a vocal critic of the implementation of the semester system and the four-year undergraduate programme, won the elections with 2,705 votes.

The mathematics professor of St. Stephen’s College defeated her closest competitor Ashwini Sarkar of Deshbandhu College, a candidate of Indian National Teachers’ Congress (INTEC) and Academics for Action and Development by over 700 votes.

Mr. Sarkar polled 1,909 votes.

“This mandate has justified the teachers’ movement against the nefarious policies of Delhi University Vice-Chancellor. Teachers in large numbers have voted against the four-year programme, which was implemented without any consultation,” former DUTA secretary S. D. Siddiqui said.

Two other candidates in fray — Pramod C. Sharma of Kirori Mal College and Shiba C. Panda of Satyawati College — received 818 and 561 votes, respectively.

Fifteen other Executive Council members were also elected from various teachers’ groups for which 22 candidates were in fray.

The council will now choose the vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer from among its members with nine votes required to win each post.

DTF, which has clinched the top post won four seats in the council —PTI

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