Students from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) plan to write to the administration seeking clarity on the status of the institute's decision to shut down three UGC-sanctioned centres on the campus.
Up to 150 students and research scholars will be affected by the closure. The UGC is yet to give an official extension for the functioning of these centres in the next plan. With no extension from the UGC, the contract of 18 teachers and several administrative staff members working in these centres have been terminated as the posts will cease to exist after the completion of the tenure of the 12th Plan on March 31.
“The research work of MPhil and PhD students guided by these terminated professors will definitely suffer if these professors fail to get an extension. There is no clarity on how many teachers from each of the three centres have been given the termination notice,“ a research student said.
In the centre for study of social exclusion and inclusive policies, most teachers are permanent except for one. Half the teachers in the centre for women's studies have been given termination letters. The two centres, along with the centre for human rights, had been doing exceptionally well.
“There is no consolidated list, only the teachers were individually informed about it,“ said a student union member. Teachers in permanent positions will continue to work in the institute.
The director, S Parasuraman, is likely to meet central government officials to seek an extension on March 29, said an official.