DU divided over 4-yr course,admissions few months away

With the switch to the four-year undergraduate course a couple of months away,lines between various sections of Delhi University’s teaching community have been drawn.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:April 19, 2013 12:12 am

With the switch to the four-year undergraduate course a couple of months away,lines between various sections of Delhi University’s teaching community have been drawn.

After a section of teachers and students launched the ‘Save DU’ campaign and started an online petition to the Prime Minister,another section of faculty and department heads issued a statement on Thursday slamming the “false propaganda” being spread by a “minority group”.

Those protesting against the university administration feel that the four-year programme is being implemented “against the common wisdom of distinguished academics,university teachers and students”.

On the other hand,the statement issued in support of the four-year programme stated,“For almost two years,thousands of teachers,students and parents have been consulted in meaningful ways to help in the design and evolution of the proposal for the new undergraduate system of study.”

The statement further urged their “misguided colleagues” to “refrain from demoralising prospective students with misleading propaganda and harming the image of the university”. The signatories to the statement include the heads and teachers of various departments,including anthropology,psychology,mathematics,education and botany,among others.

As part of the ‘Save DU’ campaign,groups of students and teachers have been raising awareness about the negative effects of the four-year programme by distributing leaflets and collecting signatures.

To further register their protest,they also plan to hold a candlelight vigil against the implementation of the four-year programme,which they see as an “attempt to destroy the quality education in Delhi University” and the “bulldozing of the entire edifice of DU with half-baked undemocratic changes”.

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