As the clamour for rolling back the four-year undergraduate programme has grown, the teaching community in DU is still divided.
With the left-leaning Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) heading the Delhi University Teacher’s Association, a section of the body has been opposed to the four-year format since its inception. Alleging that FYUP was not in tune with the National Policy of Education format of 10+2+3, DUTA President Nandita Narain, a popular face among FYUP critics, has been made a member of the Standing Committee appointed by the UGC to look at how FYUP could be rolled back.
Narain, on Thursday, even sought the President’s intervention. “DUTA has written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, who is the Visitor of the University, appealing to him to take cognisance of the impasse, annul the FYUP ordinances, remove Dinesh Singh from office and institute an enquiry into the misgovernance and vitiation of the process of academic functioning and decision making,” she said.
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Another teachers’ organisation — Academics for Action and Development (AAD) — has been supporting the university administration. The group even observed a hunger strike on Tuesday. Aditya Narayan Misra, AAD President and a member of DU’s Executive Council, said, “The committee’s constitution itself is an assault on the autonomy of DU, while its functioning is reflecting the UGC’s larger design to fragment DU into various autonomous colleges,” Mishra said.
Meanwhile, the right-wing teachers’ organisation, the National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF), claim that they oppose FYUP now though they had not voiced their concerns earlier. Citing reasons such as “poor course content” and alleged dissatisfaction among students and teachers, NDTF members maintain that they had suggested a series of modifications when the programme was being implemented.