After the implementation of the semester system and the four-year undergraduate programme,Delhi University (DU) is set to usher in another change: Evening colleges will gradually shift to Morning mode.
Following the approval of the universitys statutory bodies,two evening colleges Deshbandhu (Evening) and Ram Lal Anand (Evening) have already decided to switch to morning hours. From this session,Deshbandhu (Evening),now Ramanujan College,has started holding classes in the morning. For Ram Lal Anand (Evening),the proposal to convert it into a morning college was approved last month.
Explaining the reason for the shift,Umesh Rai,Director (South Campus) said,The evening colleges were established for working students. But today,most evening colleges have regular students.
Echoing similar views,Ram Lal Anand College Principal Vijay Kumar Sharma spoke about the problems the college faces in conducting classes in the morning and,again,in the evening. In one building,there is a problem in holding classes for both evening and morning colleges with one impinging on the other in terms of time and space, Sharma said.
Officials said the need for the shift had gathered urgency with the implementation of the four-year undergraduate course. With more teaching hours and emphasis on extra-curricular activities under the new format,colleges need more infrastructure.
Satender Joshi,Principal of Satyawati College (Evening),said,There are hardly any students these days who take admission in evening colleges out of choice. There is a need for more space as the new four-year format gives a lot of importance to hands-on training,sports and extra-curricular activities.
Joshi said he had raised the issue several times in meetings with university officials. As a member of the statutory bodies,I have expressed the need for switching to morning hours. But the problem is in getting land for the purpose, he said.
University officials,however,maintain that the proposal needs to come from colleges after they have sought approvals from the authorities concerned.
In principle,the university the Academic and Executive Councils are in favour of converting evening colleges into morning institutions. However,there are different categories of colleges some are maintained by the university,some are funded by the Delhi government while others are maintained by trusts, Rai said.