Students wanting to study additional language courses offered at Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College may not have the option to do so this year. The college authorities are contemplating scrapping the additional courses, at least for this year, due to lack of infrastructure and a paucity of space in the college. The college has been running certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses in seven foreign languages for the last seven years.
“In the last academic year, teachers and students of regular courses faced a lot of difficulty in managing classes, which led to classes being conducted in college corridors, on the floor or in open areas. The situation arose because both the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) and one-year foreign language courses were being run simultaneously. With the implementation of FYUP, space crunch has become more acute. Meanwhile, the college infrastructure fund has not been spent in the last few years. As a result, the college doesn’t have adequate facilities to run both the courses simultaneously,” acting principal of Daulat Ram College Daya Aggarwal said.
“FYUP requires longer working hours for both students and teachers. FYUP classes usually stretch beyond 4.30 pm. This is time when foreign language students also have their classes. In fact, in the college’s time table for the coming year, more than 80 lecture classes and 245 tutorial classes are yet to be accommodated. Where is the space for running the add-on courses? We have been repeatedly requested the governing body to either create more infrastructure, or at least set up some porta cabins to conduct classes, but nothing has been done yet,” she said.
Every year, around 700 students enrol for foreign language courses at the college.
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The chairperson of the governing body, Suneeta Sudershan, said there was no paucity of space.
“There is no lack of infrastructure. The classes are held from 4 pm to 6 pm, after FYUP classes are over,” she said.
“The matter is still under consideration, and I am going to submit this year’s time table to bring the issue to the attention of the members,” Aggarwal said.
Teachers at the college are worried about the way forward. “We had problems conducting regular classes, and with a fresh batch of FYUP students joining, the situation will be worse. More infrastructure should be created,” a teacher from the college said.