‘Sectarian And Insensitive’: DU Teachers Slam University’s Decision To Work On Eid-Al-Adha

A group of Delhi University teachers has criticized the university’s decision to keep it open on June 29 despite the Eid al-Adha holiday, calling the action “communal and insensitive”. However, DU has declared June 29 as a working day to “complete all arrangements” ahead of the next day’s programme, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a statement, the university also said that employees who opt to take leave on June 29 are exempted from work, reported news agency PTI.

“The closing ceremony of the centenary celebrations is scheduled for Friday, 30 June 2023. With a view to completing all the arrangements before the function, the University will observe Thursday, 29 June 2023 as a working day for all the employees of the University. Employees who wish to celebrate the festival on 29th June 2023 are exempted from attending office,” the notification was quoted by PTI in its report.

A section of teachers accused the university administration of “communal mindset, lack of sensitivity and a deliberate attempt to isolate a community”. He has said that the university should withdraw the notice. The Democratic Federation of Teachers said in a statement that June 29 is an essential holiday to celebrate Eid al-Adha and it has been declared in the Gazette of India.

“Members of the Muslim community celebrate Eid-al-Adha. Members of other communities join in these celebrations. This (notification) is a move that calls for condemnation and condemnation for its communal mindset, lack of sensitivity and a deliberate attempt to isolate a community,” the statement said.

According to the teachers’ body, the university would have identified volunteers for the unfinished work of the closing ceremony.

“The list of gazetted holidays before the year 2023 has become known to the university. There is no emergency or disaster. It is unlikely that the university administration would have taken such a step had the day in question been Holi or Diwali. The teachers alleged that this must have crossed his mind while making any schedule.

“We demand that the university administration withdraw this undesirable notification,” he added.

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