An exchange between a university professor and a University Worker member’s response

Professor:

Thank you for sending me four issues of the periodical, The University Worker, that you and your comrades have put together, edited and published, quite obviously with great care and dedication, and many apologies for the delay on my part in responding to the substance of the same. As it happens, I have, even now, been able to read through only the first two issues of the periodical, and my comments, such as they are, pertain to the contents of the two of them alone. Continue reading

Contract Work in Ambedkar University

In the early months of 2014, the teachers at Ambedkar University formed the Ambedkar University Delhi Faculty Association (AUDFA) and subsequent to that, deliberated on issues concerning both the faculty and students, the faculty’s place in the university structure, the functioning of the university, etc. Articles of the Faculty Association state that it is in solidarity with all other groups (students, non teaching staff, etc.) in the university and will use its position Continue reading

Vijay, Cook

Vijay is from Kishanganj, Bihar. He came to Delhi in 1994 at the age of 18 and is a domestic servant. He worked in family homes but now works for university students as they are willing to pay more. He makes two visits a day, working 5-6 houses in all. He starts from 5.45 a.m. in the morning and finishes at about 1:30 p.m. He goes again at 5 p.m. and finally finishes by 11 p.m. Continue reading

Anurag, Student, Pune

Anurag is from an empoverished family in Bihar. After having spent his childhood in rural, semi-urban areas of Bihar, he came to Delhi, hoping to receive help from more fortunate kinfolk. These are all the things he did/does: Did BA (Programme) from Garhwal University, working in a private school in a village in Uttrakhand which took care of expenses. Life was hard and after a point he had to return to Delhi. He continued to give exams. Call centers in Delhi, which would Continue reading